Get to Know Your
Kidneys - It Could Save Your Life
silent killer contributes to 9.5% of all deaths.
Health Australia today urged all Australians to become aware
of kidney failure which causes or contributes to at least
9.5% of all deaths in Australia and is known as the Silent
three Australians is at risk from Kidney disease.
Structure of the kidneys and bladder
are marking World Kidney Day by calling on all
Australians to become aware of the role their
kidneys play in keeping them alive," said Anne
Wilson CEO of Kidney Health Australia.
"The lack of knowledge about the role of the kidneys
is deadly for many Australians who only find out
about their serious medical condition during the
final stages of kidney failure when their kidneys
are only working at around ten per cent.
"Because of this Kidney disease is known as the
said, most people do not realise that their kidneys produce
on average around 190 litres of fluid each day, with only
around 1.5 to 2.5 litres excreted as urine. The
remainder of the filtered fluid is re-absorbed into the
urging people to get to know the critical role their kidneys
play as the body's waste removal system, thereby keeping us
many different roles that our kidneys perform, this is the
said, for organs so small, the kidneys have a number of
vital roles to play:
Removing waste and fluid from the body
Helping to control blood pressure
Helping with the production of red blood cells
Helping to keep our bones strong.
One in three Australians is at risk of
developing kidney disease
One in seven have kidney disease, yet it
often goes undiagnosed and untreated
One person dies every week while waiting for a
transplant to become available.
Enquiries: Anne Wilson CEO Kidney Health Australia Mobile:
0400 165 391
Corporate Media Communications Kidney Health Australia (03)
9818 5700 Mobile: 0417 329 201