Kidney Health Week, which starts on Sunday May 26 and runs until June 1, has been organised by Kidney Health Australia to raise public awareness about this deadly disease.
If you are over the age of 60, smoke, are overweight, have a family history of kidney disease, have diabetes or high blood pressure, your risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) is greatly increased.
According to Kidney Health Australia, approximately one in three Australians fall into the 'at increased risk' category.
CKD is a silent killer. In some cases, it can remain undetected and therefore untreated until a person's kidney function has deteriorated to ten per cent. At this stage dialysis or transplantation is required to treat the disease.
Almost 11,000 people were reportedly receiving dialysis at the end of 2011, and 825 underwent kidney transplants.
You can show your support for those suffering from CKD and help raise awareness about this growing health epidemic by donning a red item of clothing during Kidney Health Week.
You can also support the health of your loved ones by organising a family health insurance plan.
At HICA, we can help you to compare health insurance options and choose the plan that's right for you and your family.