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Kidney Health Awareness: Risk Quiz · National Institutes of Health · Transplant Info · Cerebral Palsy Foundation · New Jersey Nephrologists

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) would like you to observe the occasion by dedicating one minute of your day to take the Kidney Risk Quiz. In just 60 seconds, you can find out if you are the 1 in 3 American adults at risk for developing kidney disease and learn what to do next to address your kidney health.

The “Are You the 33%?” newest public awareness campaign focuses on the 33 percent of American adults at risk for developing dangerous, life-threatening kidney disease. Risk factors include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and family history of kidney disease. However, kidney disease often has no symptoms and those afflicted won’t know they have it until these vital organs stop working. When kidneys fail, dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to survive.

“We observe a month that calls attention to the importance of kidneys, as well as reducing the impact of kidney disease globally,” said Kevin Longino, Chief Executive Officer, NKF and a kidney transplant patient. “I hope to celebrate it because preventable kidney disease has been eradicated. Until then, we have a public health crisis and early detection is key to improving patient outcomes. NKF will continue to find ways to reach the public to raise awareness about kidney health, slow or stop the progression of kidney disease, and serve as a voice for patients and organ donors within our government.”

The first step to preventing kidney failure is knowing your risk by taking the quiz. If it shows you may be at risk, two simple tests, one blood and one urine, can let your doctor know how your kidneys are doing. It’s easy to get tested and the results can save your life. Starting in May people with diabetes, and those with both diabetes and high blood pressure, who complete the quiz and are at risk will be able to receive a complimentary at-home urine test kit sent by mail. For more information, please visit MinuteForYourKidneys.org.

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