Let’s show the general public
– how fascinating and valuable our kidneys are
– how healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness and regular check-ups with your doctor can help to optimise kidney function as well as general health
– that diabetes and high blood pressure in particular can damage the kidneys, particularly if not monitored or managed adequately, and so regular review of those affected is essential.
General practitioners and specialists have a key role in monitoring and in risk reduction. We would encourage regular patient reviews and monitoring so that chronic kidney disease can be detected at an early stage thus allowing appropriate treatments to be instigated. Consequently, the progression of kidney disease can be slowed or even halted and the risk of associated complications reduced.
In many European countries, campaign activities are taking place to raise awareness of the importance of the kidneys.
President of ERA-EDTA and Head of Nephrology at Würzburg University Hospital