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Kidney health in the spotlight

Thursday, 27th May, 2010

Heather Miller, Surgical Ward Clerk for the BH Health Service, had her blood pressure checked by Penny Griffin, Clinical Nurse Consultant, and Peter Prime, a private diabetes educator. Heather Miller, Surgical Ward Clerk for the BH Health Service, had her blood pressure checked by Penny Griffin, Clinical Nurse Consultant, and Peter Prime, a private diabetes educator.

Locals are being urged to check the health of their kidneys and whether they may be at risk of disease.

Kidney Health Week is running this week with the theme, "Are you at risk of Kidney Disease?" which is aimed at increasing the number of people having regular kidney health checks with their GPs.
As part of Kidney Health Week the hospital has an information display in the the foyer.
The display offered blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring, as well as information and advice about kidney health and reducing risk factors.
"We want to promote awareness of kidney disease which can be silent and deadly. You can lose 80 per cent to 90 per cent of kidney function before you start feeling unwell," said Penny Griffin, Clinical Nurse Consultant from Renal Services.
"Common causes or risk factors can be reduced to reduce the severity and progression of kidney disease," she said.
"Early detection has become a vital strategy in intervention in the management of all forms of chronic kidney disease which is growing rapidly."
Fifty people die each day in Australia from kidney related diseases and there are over 18,000 being treated for end stage kidney disease (dialysis or transplantation).
Peter Prime, a private diabetes educator, was on hand to raise diabetes and kidney disease awareness which he believes go "hand-in-hand".
"The leading cause of kidney failure is diabetes," said Mr Prime.
Adults are at risk of chronic kidney disease if they have high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, smoke cigarettes, are obese, have a family history of chronic kidney disease, are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent or are over 50 years old.
For more information call the Kidney Health Australia Help Line on 1800 4543 639 or visit www.kidney.org.au or www.checkmykidneys.com.au.

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