By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Did you know that kidney disease impacts 1.7 million Australians each year? Kidney-related disease kills more people every year than prostate cancer, breast cancer or even road traffic accidents yet more than 10 percent of people who have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are not even aware they have it.
You probably don’t often think about your kidneys. If you have never experienced a problem with them you would have no reason to. However, kidney disease tends to creep up on people, not causing symptoms until it becomes severe. It’s possible to lose up to 90 percent of kidney function and not experience any symptoms.
The kidneys are bean shaped organs that are the size of a clenched fist. They are located near the middle of the back, just below the ribcage. The main job of the kidneys is to remove waste products from the blood, where they are excreted into urine. The kidneys filter an average of one litre of blood each minute!
Unfortunately, the number of Australians getting sick or dying from kidney failure is rapidly rising; this is often due to avoidable factors such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Fortunately many of these deaths can be prevented.