March is National Kidney Month. Join the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to raise awareness about kidney disease and women’s kidney health. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death for women in the United States. This year’s theme—Preventing Kidney Disease: Healthy Women, Healthy Families—provides an opportunity to talk about women’s kidney health and the role women can play in modeling healthy habits for their loved ones.
Health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure increase risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) a condition affecting over 16 million women in the United States. Women may be more likely than men to get CKD, which can lead to kidney failure and often has no symptoms in its early stages. Visit the National Kidney Month page for more information about kidney disease and adopting healthy lifestyles.