Did you know you can lose 90% of your kidney function without experiencing any noticeable symptoms?1
People with kidney disease might experience common symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, puffiness (around the legs, ankles and eyes)and need to pass urine more frequently at night.
Adult Australians are at an increased risk of chronic kidney disease if they:
- have diabetes
- have high blood pressure
- have established heart problems (heart failure or heart attack) or have had a stroke
- have a family history of kidney failure
- are obese
- are a smoker
- are 60 years or older
- are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin
- have a history of acute kidney injury.
If you think you might be at risk, ask your Guardian pharmacist for a KidneyCheckTM screening test developed by Kidney Health Australia to take home. This simple test can detect if there is protein in your urine, which is one of the earliest signs of kidney disease.
1- Kidney Health Australia. (2017). Look out for these symptoms. Retrieved from http://kidney.org.au/your-kidneys/detect/kidney-disease/symptoms