American Kidney Fund Provides Kidney Disease Education and Healthy Living Tips Through Virtual Kidney Action Week, Sept. 14-18

ROCKVILLE, MD / ACCESSWIRE / September 10, 2020 / Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) has transformed its signature community kidney disease prevention event, Kidney Action Day, into a virtual Kidney Action Week. Kidney Action Week is a first-of-its-kind event in the COVID-19 era, focusing on kidney health and kidney disease awareness and prevention for at-risk individuals across the country. The interactive event will take place online, from Monday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Sept. 18.

Kidney disease-the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S.-is a silent killer without symptoms until the late stages. Nine out of 10 people with the early stages of kidney disease are unaware they have it, and half of those with severely reduced kidney function (but not yet on dialysis) do not know they have the disease. Prevention activities like Kidney Action Week are crucial to the public’s understanding and awareness

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New American Kidney Fund Education Initiative Provides Expanded Resources for Patients with and at Risk for Polycystic Kidney Disease

ROCKVILLE, MD / ACCESSWIRE / September 4, 2020 / The American Kidney Fund (AKF) today announced a new education initiative focused on autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), the most common type of PKD. The initiative is designed to increase awareness of ADPKD, and to provide helpful education resources for those at risk to help facilitate conversations with their health care providers about testing and available treatments.

ADPKD is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys, causing chronic kidney disease. It is the most commonly inherited form of kidney disease with about 6,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. Symptoms usually develop between the ages of 30 and 40, and about half of patients progress to end-stage renal disease (ESRD, or kidney failure) by age 60. About 2% of new cases of kidney failure are caused by ADPKD.

AKF’s ADPKD awareness

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