To the editor:
As an organization that has been working to fight kidney disease in the Twin Cities area for many years, the National Kidney Foundation NKF was happy to see the July 3/4 Health and Wellness story on this important issue. In Minnesota alone, it is estimated that 1 in 9 adults has some form of kidney disease, and most don’t know it because symptoms develop late in the disease’s progression. About 4,500 people in the state are on dialysis for kidney failure, and there is a large demand for organ donors with over 2,400 people waiting for a lifesaving kidney transplant.
The NKF is working to stop this growing health problem. If you have one of the major risk factors: diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, or are over the age of 60, you should have your kidney function tested every year as part of your routine physical, according to the NKF. Catching kidney disease early can help delay or prevent the onset of kidney failure.
You can also support the NKF’s efforts to raise awareness, screen at-risk individuals and promote professional kidney disease education in Minnesota by coming out to the Twin Cities Kidney Walk on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-noon at Thomson Reuters Corporate Campus in Eagan. Thanks again for bringing needed attention to this issue. Readers can learn more about the NKF and kidney disease at kidney.org.
National Kidney Foundation Inc. executive director