World Kidney Day

What Is World Kidney Day?

The World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), which aims to raise awareness of the importance of kidney disease.

Worldwide the importance of kidney disease is generally overlooked. Also, diagnosis often occurs at a late stage, mainly because the degradation of the kidney function is generally progressive and silent. Very few treatments are available and dialysis and transplantation are generally the ultimate solutions. This emphasises the importance of prevention; adopting a healthy lifestyle remains the most efficient way to prevent the occurrence of kidney disease in the long term.
The H4H Initiative supports the World Kidney Day, which takes place annually.

The World Kidney Day has recently revised its Golden Rules on prevention and healthy lifestyle; the Golden Rule N°5 emphasizes particularly the importance of healthy hydration and the need to maintain an adequate intake of water.

The H4H Initiative supports the World Kidney Day which takes place annually.
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Because education is the first step towards healthier habits, please find below materials developed in collaboration with the World Kidney Day for educational purposes:
Tips to keep kidneys healthy (Flyer)
Educational leaflet on kidney health
Kidney fact website

Other materials are directly available on the dedicated section of the World Kidney Day website.

World Kidney Day 2014

World Kidney Day 2015 : Kidney Health for All

We are not all equal with regard to kidney disease and access to treatment.

This year World Kidney Day needs your support to spread this message, encourage prevention, and bring this issue to the attention of government, policy makers as well as the general public.

On March 12, 2015, we invite everyone to drink a glass of water and give one too to celebrate their kidneys. This is a symbolic gesture to remember that kidneys are vital organs and that they should be taken care of; it is a way to make people more conscious about their lifestyle choices.

What you can do for your kidneys: The Eight Golden Rules

Kidney diseases are often referred to as “silent killers”, which will greatly affect your quality of life. There are, however, several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease.

  1. Keeping fit and active
  2. Keep regular control of your blood sugar level
  3. Monitor your blood pressure
  4. Eat healthily and keep your weight in check
  5. Maintain a healthy fluid intake
  6. Do not smoke
  7. Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis
  8. Check your kidney function if you have one or more of the ‘high risk’ factors

Maintaining a healthy fluid intake 

Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys to clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease. Research findings do not advocate “aggressive fluid loading”, which can cause side effects, but provide evidence that moderately increased water intake, around two litres daily, may reduce the risk of decline in kidney function – check articles from Prof. Clark and Prof. Strippoli for more information. It’s important to bear in mind that the correct level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy and breast-feeding. In addition, people who have already had a kidney stone are advised to drink two to three litres of water daily to lessen the risk of forming a new stone.

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