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L to R: Marc Rapley, Debbie Waller, Sue Pickard and Amy Ives from the renal team

The renal team at Basildon University Hospital have been raising awareness of women’s health on World Kidney Day.

This year’s World Kidney Day falls on 8 March which also happens to be International Women’s Day, so the Kidney Charities Together Group decided to combine the two.

Specialist nurses and dieticians from the renal team were on hand in main reception to talk to patients and visitors about the importance of looking after their kidneys by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Sue Pickard, senior sister, said: “Kidney disease affects over 3 million people in the UK, but up to a million of these may be undiagnosed. Chronic kidney disease is more common in women than men and kidney disease can also be an additional risk during pregnancy.

“It’s great to be able to talk to colleagues and members of the public about kidney disease and let them know of the small changes they can make to their lifestyle to improve their kidney health.”

Six tips to reduce your risk of kidney disease:

  1. 1. Monitor your blood pressure
  2. 2. Keep fit and active
  3. 3. Don’t smoke
  4. 4. Eat healthily and keep your weight in check
  5. 5. Get your kidney function checked by your GP (if anyone in your family has kidney disease, you are diabetic, have high blood pressure or are severely overweight.)
  6. 6. Keep well hydrated – urine should be colour of straw.

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