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Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.


March 19, 2013


Focus on Acute Kidney Injury for World Kidney Day

Acute kidney injury (AKI) was the focus of global efforts to recognize World Kidney Day 2013 on March 14. This March, NKDEP joined the World Kidney Day community in raising awareness of AKI. Certain common over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers and cold medicines, known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can damage the kidneys and lead to AKI, especially in those with kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. This March, encourage your patients to make a list of all their medications (prescription and OTC) to review for any that may harm their kidneys. Learn more about NIDDK's efforts around AKI.

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March is National Kidney Month

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National Kidney Month is the perfect time to help raise awareness about kidney health. As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the burden of chronic kidney disease, NKDEP is making it easy for anyone to be a kidney health champion. Find 6 ways in just 60 seconds that you can share information about kidney health on NKDEP's National Kidney Month webpage, in English and Spanish.

NKDEP, Health and Faith Partners Collaborate for Second National Kidney Sundays Event

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NKDEP partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, for the second annual nationwide Kidney Sundays event on March 3, 2013 to help African American faith communities make the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. Faith leaders spoke with their congregations about the importance of testing for kidney disease for those at risk and distributed educational materials during Kidney Sundays information sessions, while Chi Eta Phi registered nurses conducted blood pressure screenings and ADA representatives shared information about Diabetes Alert Day. The national event provided information to more than 45,000 individuals across 67 African American faith communities in 21 cities, but Kidney Sundays events will continue throughout March.

Help Others Make the Kidney Connection with New Infographics

Infographic showing one in six African Americans has signs of kidney disease

Share what you know and encourage your friends and loved ones to keep their kidneys healthy with new infographics from NKDEP. These infographics highlight the impact of diabetes and kidney disease on African Americans nationally, as well as in states that participated in the 2013 Kidney Sundays event. This March, share the infographics on Facebook and Twitter to help others make the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.

Join NDEP to Promote Diabetes Alert Day in March

Image of a family preparing for Diabetes Alert Day on March 26

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. It is estimated that at least one out of four people with diabetes have the disease, but don't even know it. Another 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, such as kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and about one in three people with diabetes have kidney disease.

In support of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® (Tuesday, March 26), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is encouraging people to know their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test and talking to their family about their family history of diabetes. Visit to learn more about Diabetes Alert Day and for NDEP resources you can use to help raise awareness in your community.

CDC Highlights CKD in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted efforts to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease in the March 1 edition of their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report reviewed rates of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States and highlighted the CKD Surveillance System, a collaborative effort between CDC and partner organizations to document and monitor the burden of CKD and its risk factors in the United States.

NIHSeniorHealth Updates Kidney Disease Web Section

The National Library of Medicine and The National Institute on Aging recently updated the senior-friendly NIHSeniorHealth website to include more in-depth information about kidney disease—just in time for National Kidney Month. The expanded kidney disease section includes information specifically targeted to seniors about the basics of kidney disease, risk factors and prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment, and research. Additionally, the section includes helpful and engaging tools such as videos and interactive quizzes.

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NKDEP News is a quarterly newsletter featuring news and information on NKDEP's activities, new materials, and publications. It also features relevant news regarding kidney disease and its risk factors from other NIDDK programs, Federal agencies and non-government organizations. 

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