Kidney Action Week: This two-minute test could save your life

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Kidney Action Week: This two-minute test could save your life
By the time symptoms of kidney disease appear, it's too late to slow it down.

It’s why Kidney Health Australia urges adults to take a simple two-minute online test to determine if they are at risk of developing the condition.

Three in four Australians are at risk of kidney disease, with the highest contributing factors being diabetes and high blood pressure.

Kidney disease often has no symptoms at early stages and 90 per cent of kidney function can be lost without warning, meaning diagnosis is often too late and little can then be done to avoid kidney failure.

With no cure, early detection can slow or even stop the progression of this deadly disease.

Finding out if you are risk is simple – the online test developed by Kidney Health Australia can be taken anywhere, any time, and includes nine questions that help to identify your risk of kidney disease.

The test will determine whether a follow-up appointment with your GP for a Kidney Health Check is recommended – a simple check that could save your life.

“Early detection has never been more important,” says Nephrologist and Senior Medical Advisor Dr Richard Phoon, a longstanding member of Kidney Health Australia’s advisory committee.

“We have a unique opportunity to change the future for so many Australians. The best thing you can do this Kidney Action Week is find out if you are one of the three in four Aussies at risk of kidney disease.”

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Of the approximate two million – or one in 10 – Australian adults affected by kidney disease, 1.8 million are completely unaware of it, probably due to the lack of symptoms.

“There are exciting new treatments for kidney disease that can slow down the progression to kidney failure,” Dr Phoon said.

“Loss of kidney function can happen without people experiencing any visible symptoms. You can be living normally one day and on life support hooked up to a dialysis machine the next day, without any real warning.​

“That’s not a life anyone wants, yet most people find themselves suddenly diagnosed with kidney failure, not knowing they were even in those earlier stages.”

Take the two-minute test on the Kidney Health Australia website here.

During Kidney Health Week, May 11-17, local communities across the nation will join forces to spread awareness of kidney disease, urging Australians to take it seriously by taking the two-minute online risk test. For more information visit www.kidney.org.au/action.

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