March is National Kidney Month, and the American Kidney Fund (AFK) has announced plans to highlight women and kidney disease through a variety of activities and resources under the theme “Empower. Fight. Honor.”
The CDC estimates that 96 percent of people with early kidney disease aren’t aware of it. AKF is aiming to change that through education and advocacy.
“Kidney disease is a silent killer that disproportionately affects women who are often the primary caregivers for loved ones with the disease, are more likely to become living donors but less likely to receive a transplant, and are at higher risk for CKD,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of AKF. “Because women with kidney disease may also face other health issues, including infertility, pregnancy complications, bone disease and depression, AKF is using Kidney Month to let women know we are here to support them and to provide resources that will answer their questions and concerns.”