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Science Care Supports Kidney Health

March is National Kidney Month

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Kidneys

CELEBRATE YOUR KIDNEYS!

Why National Kidney Month?

The goal of National Kidney Month is to raise awareness of kidney disease. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for developing kidney disease and more than 26 million Americans already have it, however most are not aware that they do. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in America with more than 95,000 people waiting for kidney transplants.

Understanding Kidneys

Your kidneys play a very important role in keeping the body functioning. Kidneys remove toxins and excess water from blood, help control blood pressure and stimulate red blood cell production. Without this amazing filtering system (about 200 liters a day!) known as the kidneys, toxins will build up in the blood and cause damage to the body. If both kidneys fail, the only way to survive is through dialysis or with a kidney transplant.

What is Kidney Disease?

The most common cause of kidney disease and ultimately kidney failure is diabetes (either Type I or Type II). Diabetes occurs when blood sugar (glucose) levels remain consistently high due to the body’s inability to produce insulin, or when the body does not respond to the production of insulin. Another major cause of kidney disease is high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause damage to the arteries around the kidneys which can affect blood flow and limits the filtering process. 

Kidney Health

The early stages of kidney disease produce no symptoms, so it’s important to get checked out if you feel you are at risk. Aggressive early treatment and annual testing can help to slow declining kidney function and possibly prevent the need for dialysis or transplant. If you have high blood pressure, make sure it’s monitored and stays within target range. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar levels under control. And as with just about every other disease which affects the human body, proper diet and exercise is crucial.  

 

HOW SCIENCE CARE DONORS HELP THE FIGHT AGAINST KIDNEY DISEASE

Science Care donors directly impact the research and training of doctors leading to improved patient kidney health. Below are just a couple of ways Science Care helps to link donors with important surgical training to make such an impact:

  • Training of surgeons in the proper techniques used to perform renal artery stenting helping to improve blood flow to the kidneys
  • Surgical training with regard to the performance of kidney transplantation

 

 

TAKE THE KIDNEY QUIZ

Are you at risk? If you have risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease, you can talk to your healthcare provider as well as get a free screening offered by the National Kidney Foundation during the month of March. Visit the NKF website to find an event near you.

 

 

Spring is in the air...

AND SO IS THE NEW SCIENCE CARE WEBSITE!

It’s finally arrived. Science Care has a brand new website. You’ll find it easier to navigate and easier to get the information you need, when you need it. It also looks great! Be sure to check out our advocates and donor stories section where you can share your reasons for registering or share a story about a loved one who gave the ultimate gift to medical research through donation.

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AT HOME CAREGIVER TIPS 

There are millions of family, in-home caregivers in the U.S. If you’re new to the caregiving role, follow these steps to acquaint yourself with the positon. Remember, it’s normal to become overwhelmed and confused. Take it one day at a time for best results and take it easy on yourself. Remember you are not alone.

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  • Learn about your family member’s diagnosis. This will help you understand the illness and how to plan ahead.
  • Talk with your loved one (the care recipient) about his/her healthcare wishes. Start the conversation about finances and healthcare early on. Complete a Durable Power of Attorney for finances and healthcare proxy to better prepare for emergencies.
  • Get the entire family involved and have regular discussions about what’s needed. Include the family member who needs care. This is the opportune time for each member to express what they need, plan for care and ask others for assistance.


 

  

Know Someone That Wants to Join the Registry of Donors?

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Check it out - We’ve also opened up registration for Nevada residents!

 

 

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Book a Science Care Community Relations Manager today!
Simply call 800-417-3747 to schedule.

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It Was a Memorable Event: CELEBRATION OF THE GIFT

We would like to thank all of the families and guest speakers that attended the Science Care Celebration of the Gift event held in Glendale AZ. About 290 donor family and friends joined us in honoring their loved one's life and legacy. This year also marks the 15-year anniversary of Science Care, so it was especially poignant to have this event in the state where it all began.  
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these Irish Dessert Recipes!

And for a little fun this March we dug into the recipe book...

Lucky for you, we found some hits that will make your guests green with envy!

 

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National Health Observances in March Show your support and get involved!

Each month, momentum builds throughout the country and across the globe in support of various health-related causes. Here's what's happening in March...

 

 

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