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March Is World Kidney Month: 1 Billion People Are at Risk Globally

Healthcare News | 2015-03-09

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The facts are staggering:

- 10% of the global population is affected by kidney disease, and it claims the lives of millions of people each year.1

- 26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most don't know it.1

- Early chronic kidney disease CKD often has no sign or symptoms. A person can lose up to 90% of his or her kidney function before experiencing any signs.1

- A simple urine test—albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR)—can help identify early signs of kidney disease.

The incidence and prevalence of CKD are increasing worldwide. CKD is a major public health problem, but one that is seldom diagnosed in the early stages. In an effort to combat this growing health crisis, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and the U.S.-based National Kidney Foundation (NKF) are working together to help improve diagnosis of CKD and identify the disease early in its course. This important collaboration leverages the latest testing recommendations from the NKF (which emphasize the importance of ACR testing) to improve detection among the millions at risk for kidney disease. The NKF recommends that healthcare professionals screen for kidney disease with this simple urine ACR test during the annual physical examination of high-risk individuals.

To coincide with World Kidney Day on March 12, a compelling public-service announcement infographic video will play on the ABC Studios Supersign in Times Square, New York City. The video was developed to tie in with the iconic imagery of the NYC subway and to highlight those at higher risk of kidney disease: diabetics, those over age 60, and those with high blood pressure. Viewers are encouraged to ask their doctor about a simple urine test—ACR—that could help save their kidneys.

Patients and professionals interested in learning about the latest guidelines for kidney disease screening should visit the new Siemens and NKF Alliance portals: www.kidney.org/screening or www.siemens.com/ACRtesting. These websites include information about kidney disease risk factors for kidney disease as well as practical knowledge for medical professionals on the ACR urine test and identification and staging of kidney disease.

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1 National Kidney Foundation. http://kidney.org/kidneydisease/global-facts-about-kidney-disease

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