Aging and Kidney Disease

Author: Jen Mundwiler

Aging and Kidney Disease

It is so important as a caregiver to help our Seniors understand the importance of screenings for optimum health. Kidney Disease can sneak up on us as we age, due to it's slow development over time. So many of our Seniors may be at high risk, but not even realize it until it's too late!

I have included below information about Kidney Disease from The National Kidney Foundation in support of March's National Kidney Month. If you have any questions about your Senior's kidney health, please contact their doctor.  

According to recent estimates from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, more than 50 percent of seniors over the age of 75 are believed to have kidney disease. Kidney disease has also been found to be more prevalent in those over the age of 60 when compared to the rest of the general population.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) urges everyone over the age of 60 to be screened for kidney disease. NKF recommends annual screening with a simple urine albumin test that checks for protein in the urine-the earliest sign of kidney damage-as well as a blood test for kidney function. In addition to seniors, NKF recommends that members of other high-risk groups, such as those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or a family history of kidney failure, also be screened annually.

Kidney Disease Facts:

  • Kidney disease kills more people each year than breast or prostate cancer.
  • The National Kidney Foundation recommends annual kidney disease screening for anyone over the age of 60.
  • Risk factors for kidney disease include: high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney stones, a family history of kidney failure, prolonged use of over-the-counter pain medications, and being over the age of 60.
  • More than 37 Million Americans - 1 in 7 adults- have chronic kidney disease and most don't know it.
  • Of the over 120,000 Americans on the national organ transplant waitlist, more than 98,000 await a life-saving kidney.

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