On World Kidney Day, our kidneys should be closer than ever to our heart.
World Kidney Day was created to raise awareness and education about the importance of kidney health. International Women’s Day celebrates the strength and independence of women. This year, the world will observe both essential causes the same day. What a fitting opportunity to empower women with the knowledge they need to stay healthy?
Early screening is the most powerful tool against a powerful disease.
Your kidneys are truly amazing. When healthy, they’re able to perform 8 life-sustaining functions simultaneously, from filtering toxins to regulating blood pressure to producing hormones. When your kidneys are damaged by diabetes and/or high blood pressure, they’re less able to work effectively.
Kidney disease has no tell-tale warning signs. In fact, a person can lose up to 90% of their kidney functions before experiencing any warning signs.2 That’s why the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends annual screening — especially with at-risk patients. Global studies point to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and smoking as the biggest risk factors.3
The good news is, identifying renal disease early — and monitoring it consistently — can make all the difference.
Early detection is key on World Kidney Day — and every other day.
Rapid testing with Alere products give healthcare providers laboratory-quality results right at the point-of-care.
By combining immediate treatment with the necessary lifestyle changes — such as maintaining blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels — many people with diabetes are able to delay the onset of complications — or prevent them altogether.6
Accurate, fast and simple to use, they help patients better manage their diabetes and prevent costly medical events in the future.