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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is calling on all Michiganders to learn more about kidney disease and know whether you’re at risk. More than a million Michigan adults have chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it. In most cases, chronic kidney disease can be managed or prevented to delay the onset of other health complications.

The kidneys are the body’s chemical factories, filtering waste and performing vital functions that control things like red blood cell production and blood pressure. But over time, the kidneys can become damaged with little or no physical symptoms to warn you that your kidneys are in trouble.

In observance of National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is urging everyone to learn their risk factors for kidney disease. Visit our Kidney Disease page to learn more.

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Events and Happenings!

The health and safety of everyone involved with our organization is very important to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Click here for information regarding any changes happening to upcoming programs in regards to COVID-19.

VAX Facts and FAQs Virtual Workshops

Dates: Wednesday, 2/23, Friday 2/25, Wednesday 3/23, Friday 3/25, Wednesday 4/20, Friday 4/22, Wednesday 5/25, Friday 5/27
Times: 6:00pm on Wednesday dates, 12:00pm on Friday dates.
Location: Virtual event, click here to register!
Join us for a virtual discussion for those affected by chronic kidney disease on how to stay healthy and get up-to-date information on the flu and COVID-19.

Volunteers at a vaccine clinic.

Programs

Diabetes Prevention Program

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If you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes, the DPP's small group setting, along with a trained and passionate coach, helps you make sustained, healthy lifestyle changes.

PATH

PATH helps people better manage their long-term health conditions by learning strategies to deal with pain, fatigue, difficult emotions, and more.

Family Support Group

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is hosting a monthly virtual support group for parents, caregivers, and loved ones with children in any stage of kidney disease.  Join us to share and discuss the issues, challenges, and triumphs faced by others like you.

Workshop Information

When: 3rd Tuesday of the Month Where: Zoom Video Conference Register here. Questions? Contact Devon Hagerman at NKFM Email: dhagerman@nkfm.org Phone: ...

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The NKFM would love you to share the celebration of World Kidney Day and National Kidney Month with your friends and family. Please feel free to use any of the infographics or messages on your social media channels and don’t forget to tag @KidneyMI or use the hashtags: #KidneyMonth, #WKD, or #WorldKidneyDay.

Download our 2022 Kidney Month Infographics!

2022 Chronic Kidney Disease Large Infographic

World Kidney Day website

NKFM Social Media Accounts:

Facebook: facebook.com/KidneyMI

YouTube: youtube.com/KidneyMI

Instagram: instagram.com/KidneyMI

Twitter: twitter.com/KidneyMI

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/kidneymi

 

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10 Things Your Kidneys Do:

  • Filter 200 liters of blood a day, removing two liters of toxins, wastes and water
  • Regulate the body’s hydration and water balance
  • Regulate blood pressure by controlling fluid levels and making the hormone that causes blood vessels to constrict
  • Support healthy bones and tissues by producing the active form of Vitamin D
  • Produce the hormone that stimulates bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells
  • Keep blood minerals in balance
  • Keep electrolytes in balance
  • Regulate blood acid levels
  • Remove certain drugs from the blood
  • Eliminate excess water-soluble vitamins

Statistics:

  • 26 million American adults (age 20+) have chronic kidney disease.
  • More than a million Michigan adults (age 20+) have chronic kidney disease.
  • 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.
  • In Michigan, African Americans make up only 14 percent of the general population, yet make up 45 percent of the dialysis population, and 46 percent of the kidney transplant waiting list.
  • As the incidence of obesity in children increases, so does the rate of type 2 diabetes, which is a leading cause of kidney failure. One in three kids born in 2000 will develop diabetes.
  • Nearly 2,100 people were waiting for a lifesaving kidney transplant in Michigan on February 1, 2021.

Detection and Prevention:

  • Many adults with chronic kidney disease do not even know it – there are little or no symptoms in the early stages, people are not visiting their physicians regarding the illness, and many are not educated on the risk factors or the detection steps they should take.
  • Diabetes and high blood pressure cause 64% of all kidney failure cases in the US.
  • Ask your doctor to calculate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) from the results of a simple blood test. GFR can tell your doctor what your level of kidney function is.

Risk Factors:

  • Individuals with diabetes and high blood pressure are at higher risk.
  • Older individuals, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Arab Americans are at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease.
  • African Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure from diabetes than Caucasians.
  • African Americans are 6.5 times more likely to develop kidney failure from high blood pressure than Caucasians.