Dear KEEP Participants, Family and Friends,

Not only does March signal the start of spring, March is also National Kidney Month. As the sun begins to set later and people start to think about getting into shape for summer, this is a perfect time to increase kidney health awareness and become more familiar with the vital role of our kidneys. The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) plays a very important part in educating the public about how the kidneys work and ways to reduce risk for kidney disease and other related health conditions.

Did you also know that chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects more than your kidneys? Kidney disease is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). It’s very common in people with CKD. Statistics show that most people with kidney disease die of cardiovascular disease before their kidneys fail!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and stroke is the third leading cause of death. Both are forms of heart and blood vessel problems commonly called cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Conditions that cause kidney disease such as high blood pressure and diabetes can also put someone at risk for CVD. It’s very important to know all your risk factors, and do what you can to manage the risks you can change. Making choices to keep your heart healthy may not only reduce your risk of CVD, but can lead to a healthier life overall.

This issue of KEEP Healthy focuses on your heart and kidneys, so you can learn more about how these vital organs work together. Be sure to also read the tips on making the most out of your next visit to your doctor.

Enjoy this issue of KEEP Healthy, and help us celebrate National Kidney Month by telling someone you know about the role your kidneys play in the body and the risk factors for kidney disease.

Monica

For more information about National Kidney Month, upcoming events and additional health information, click here.

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