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World Kidney Day - Kidney Disease and Children: Better Knowledge, Better Care.

World Kidney Day – Thursday 10 March 2016.

Today is World Kidney Day.
This year’s focus is on:
Kidney Disease and Children: Better Knowledge, Better Care.

World Kidney Day - March 10 2016 - Kidney Disease & Children

The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Australian adults is increasing. Of the estimated 1.7 million Australians over 18 years of age with CKD, 90% are undiagnosed.[1] This is because in many cases CKD progresses slowly, without symptoms, until up to 90% of kidney function is lost.

Thankfully, CKD in children is rare. However, because the two most common contributors to CKD in adults are high blood pressure and diabetes, an opportunity exists to educate young people about what kidneys do and how to reduce their risk of developing kidney disease by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

For more information on what causes kidney disease, risk factors, early detection and a variety of excellent resources to educate children about their kidneys, visit the Kidney Health Australia website → /

@KidneyHealth #WorldKidneyDay

[1] Kidney Health Australia, Kidney Fast Facts, http://www.kidney.org.au/cms_uploads/docs/kidney-fast-facts-fact-sheet.pdf Accessed 7th March 2016.

Dr Tom Forbes  and Dr David Metz are Paediatric Nephrologists who specialise in treating kidney disease in children consulting at Melbourne Paediatric Specialists.