World Kidney Day Draws Focus to Kidney Health

Chicago, IL- March was National Kidney Month, and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois urged all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup.  One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease due to untreated or undertreated diabetes and high blood pressure, and 26 million American adults already have kidney disease. 

On March 14, 2013, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois partnered with the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in celebrating World Kidney Day with a press conference and free health screening beginning at 10 a.m. at 1250 W. 119th St., Chicago, IL 60643.

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Commissioner Robert Steele all spoke at the World Kidney Day press conference. 

Following the press conference was a free health screening for the public hosted by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ KidneyMobile®, exercise and healthy-eating cooking demonstrations, and a question and answer session of “Ask the Doctor” with University of Chicago’s Dr. Tipu Puri, who was on hand to answer any community member’s question about kidney health. 

The KidneyMobile® is a mobile truck that travels across the state screening community members for kidney disease and referring them early to treatment.  To date, the KidneyMobile® has screened more than 30,000 people in Illinois.

About the Kidneys:
The kidneys are two, fist-sized organs in your lower back. They maintain overall health by:
• Filtering waste out of 200 liters of blood each day
• Regulating the body's salt, potassium and acid content
• Removing drugs from the body
• Balancing the body's fluids
• Releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure

Quick Facts on Kidney Disease:
• Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the country
• More than 900,000 people in Illinois have kidney disease, and most don’t know it
• There are over 4,400 people waiting for kidney transplants