March 13, 2014 Issue
World Kidney Day: CKD and Aging
In Observance of World Kidney Day on March 2013, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have come together to raise awareness among older Americans about how to protect their kidneys and about the need to better understand the decline of kidney function as people age. Though age is considered a risk factor for kidney disease because kidney function generally declines over time, age-related decline of kidney function can follow a different process than decline caused by diabetes or high blood pressure (the leading risk factors for kidney disease). Regardless of whether decreased kidney function is the result of recognized disease process or merely associated with aging complications from certain medications can increase as kidney function declines. NIH researches are testing ways to promote safe use of medicines in aging people with declining kidney functions. Learn more about NIDDK and NIA's efforts around CKD and aging .
National Kidney Month is the perfect time to help raise awareness about kidney health and NKDEP is making it easy for anyone to be a kidney health champion. Find 6 ways in just 60 seconds that you can share kidney health information on NKDEP’s National Kidney Month webpage, in English and Spanish.
For the third year in a row, NKDEP partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc , for the annual Kidney Sundays event on March 2, 2014 to raise awareness in African American faith communities across the nation about the connection between kidney disease and its key risk factors, diabetes and high blood pressure. Faith leaders and kidney health champions 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 75,000 individuals across 101 African American faith communities in 36 cities.
This year, NKDEP expanded the reach of Kidney Sundays by encouraging kidney health champions to share kidney health information with their faith communities with the help of NKDEP tools. The Kidney Sundays pledge program encourages kidney champions to conduct a Kidney Sundays event or activity anytime during National Kidney Month—not just the day of the national Kidney Sundays event. NKDEP activated its existing network of kidney champions to participate in the pledge, including Make the Kidney Connection Facebook fans and e-Newsletter subscribers, many of whom are members of a faith-based community, health educators, and health information seekers. If you have not done so already, consider pledging to share kidney health information this March. To get inspired and see how pledge participants are spreading the word, check out the Make the Kidney Connection Facebook page .
NKDEP recently launched its redesigned Get Involved web section within nkdep.nih.gov, which offers an interactive experience for kidney health champions looking for simple ways to promote kidney health year round. The beautifully designed and easy-to-navigate site consists of three subsections with tips for engaging a variety of audiences, including family members, faith communities, and patient and professional organizations. It also highlights people sharing their real stories and kidney knowledge and features interactive versions of our popular Family Reunion Health Guide and Kidney Sundays Toolkit to make planning a kidney health event even easier.
The Get Involved web section will be refreshed throughout the year with new ways to empower kidney champions to share kidney health information with their loved ones or membership. Check back to see what’s new, particularly on the main landing page which highlights articles, resources, and other featured content within the section.
NKDEP is conducting a pilot study of its newly developed training curriculum to help community health workers, or “promotores,” address the kidney disease education gap within the Hispanic community. Over the past year, NKDEP has developed a bilingual training manual and flipchart that enables promotores to educate their clients with diabetes about how the kidneys work, the risk factors for kidney disease, the two tests that detect kidney disease, and the different treatment options for kidney failure. As part of the pilot study, promotores in Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY, will be trained on how to properly use the manual and flipchart.Then, they will conduct a kidney disease education session using the module for their clients with diabetes. The promotores and their clients will be evaluated to assess their change in knowledge and awareness, reported behavior, and health status.
NKDEP will use the results of this pilot study to determine whether the materials and intervention are effective in educating the Hispanic community about the necessary behaviors to identify and manage kidney disease. Any areas of weakness will be revised before finalizing the training module for national distribution. NKDEP hopes to make the promotores training module available in its Resource Center by the end of 2014.
To receive updates about the availability of NKDEP’s promotores program, sign up for NKDEP’s Spanish-language Riñones, Tesoros Noticias newsletter or keep an eye out for updates in future issues of NKDEP News.
It is estimated that 1 out of 4 Americans with diabetes has the disease but doesn’t know it. Many people don’t find out they have diabetes until they develop other health problems associated with diabetes, such as kidney disease. The good news is that early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes can help prevent or delay kidney disease.
In support of American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is encouraging people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and know their risk for type 2 diabetes. Because diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, it is important to know if you are at risk. The Diabetes Risk Test is an easy way to learn about what increases a person’s chance for developing type 2 diabetes, and steps they can take to delay or prevent this disease.
Take the Diabetes Risk Test and learn more by visiting www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/AlertDay2014 .
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new fact sheet on chronic kidney disease (CKD). The National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet 2014 provides statistics on CKD and kidney failure by age, sex, and race/ethnicity, and offers information on risk factors and treatment. The fact sheet is not subject to copyright restrictions, and can be duplicated, adapted, and distributed freely.
For more information on the CKD initiative and to view the fact sheet, please visit CDC’s Chronic Kidney Disease website .
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