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Your Kidneys Work Hard. They Deserve to be Recognized.

Posted: March 21, 2022

Kidneys are workhorse organs that don’t get the spotlight they deserve. However, in March, we have an opportunity to shine a light on kidneys in recognition of National Kidney Month!

In this article, you’ll learn a bit about what kidneys do, their importance and ways WEA Trust can help you prevent Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) by managing CKD risk factors.

Kidneys are hard workers responsible for many different jobs

The kidneys have several very important functions, including the following [1]:

  • Regulate and filter waste products from the blood. Kidneys are responsible for filtering approximately half a gallon of extra fluid and waste products (i.e., urine).
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Promote bone health
  • Produce hormones responsible for red blood cell creation
  • Manage your body's vitamin D levels
  • Regulate certain electrolytes in your body, such as sodium, calcium and potassium

So, what happens if kidneys aren’t working at their full potential?

When kidneys are damaged and can no longer filter blood effectively, a condition called CKD can develop. CKD can lead to excess fluid and waste buildup in the body—creating additional health problems. And kidney disease may worsen over time, leading to kidney failure. [2]

CKD affects nearly 37 million US adults, and approximately 360 people start treatment for kidney failure every day. [3]

Know the Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease

Understanding the risk factors for CKD is critical to prevent long-term kidney damage. Risk factors for CKD include the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Heart Disease
  • Family History
  • Obesity

What should you do if you have one or more of these risk factors or a CKD diagnosis?

If you have one or more of the above risk factors, or a CKD diagnosis, WEA Trust has programs that can help prevent long-term kidney damage:

Remote Health Monitoring - Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

WEA Trust offers a Remote Health Monitoring program for better hypertension management. The program is a mobile communications program that monitors your disease status using real-time text updates from a Virtual Care Nurse. The nurse works with you to create a care plan, provide feedback on blood pressure readings, manage medication questions and offer educational resources.

For more information on the Remote Health Monitoring program visit the WEA Trust website – or you can register today.

Remote Health Monitoring - Diabetes

As with the hypertension, the Diabetes Remote Health Monitoring program monitors your diabetes disease status using real-time mobile text or phone call communications. For more information on Diabetes Remote Health Monitoring program visit the WEA Trust Remote Health Monitoring-Diabetes web page—or register here.

[1] Kidneyfund.org, All about the Kidneys, Introduction to your Kidneys

[2] National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

[3] CDC, Kidney Disease Basics

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