Today the World Shines a Spotlight on Our Kidneys

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The Kenkou Group recognizes World Kidney Day.

On March 8th, the world takes a moment to recognize an often overlooked organ – the kidneys. Our kidneys:

  •     Regulate our body water and other chemicals in our blood such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium.
  •     Remove drugs and toxins introduced into our bodies.
  •     Release hormones into our blood to help our bodies:
  •     Regulate blood pressure.
  •     Create red blood cells.
  •     Promote strong bones.

World Kidney Day was established to raise the consciousness of how important our kidneys are to our health as well as to reduce new cases and health issues associated with kidney disease across the globe. In the United States, chronic kidney disease is the eighth leading cause of death.

Recently Nick Cannon has gained a lot of media attention, not for his comedic prowess, but for being hospitalized for mild kidney failure and blood clots in his lungs. Doctors diagnosed Cannon with lupus nephritis, a rare form of lupus the immune system that attacks healthy cells, tissue and organs. Lupus nephritis affects three out of every 10,000 people. If it is left untreated, this autoimmune disease could lead to kidney failure. “I always considered myself in good shape,” the entertainer said Monday on “Good Morning America”. “You would never think that I would have a health issue. It just kind of came out of nowhere.”

More than 26 million (greater than 10 percent) of adults in the U.S. are suffering from chronic kidney disease. Similar to Cannon, most of them are unaware of their condition. Diabetes and high blood pressure can increase the risk of kidney disease. However in addition to these illnesses, other conditions that increase the risk of kidney disease include heart disease, obesity, older age, high cholesterol and a family history of chronic kidney disease. Physical injury can also be a factor. It is crucial to be cognizant of your body and signs that can potentially lead to kidney disease. Key symptoms to pay attention to are swollen ankles and/or feet, constant urination, malaise or tired feeling, lack of energy, poor appetite and trouble sleeping.

The Kenkou Group, LLC is one of New York City’s leading private concierge healthcare providers. We have partnered with the top tier physicians within the five boroughs and are available to assist clients, answer and screen patients that may be at risk. Direct counseling and obtaining three important lab tests to screen for the disease can be done in privacy of your home or office. If a client has been diagnosed with kidney disease, we coordinate all care, from linking the client with a provider specializing in kidney disease to medication oversight.

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To view Nick Cannon’s GMA interview in its entirety, copy and paste http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/nick-cannon-opens-health-scare-15849016 into your web browser.

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