Living Well with Good Kidney Health
Education for Living with Kidney Disease
The Ben Williams Foundation is working towards educating the American public about the dangers of kidney disease, risk factors, and the steps they can take to prevent kidney disease. We want to increase diagnosis, and advocate for prevention and treatment of hypertension and kidney disease.
Improving the rate of kidney patient care is also of importance to reduce the number of patients waiting for kidney transplants.
Risk Factors for Kidney Disease
The primary risk factors for kidney disease are hypertension and diabetes. But, you go into kidney failure due to other conditions, such as lupus.
Other risk factors include:
- Overuse of pain medications
- Use of harmful drugs
- Improper use of antibiotics
- Illegal drugs
Kidney health is a serious matter, especially for minorities. Minorities have a higher proportion of kidney patients that need care and/or transplants. However, no matter your ethnicity, gender or age, you could become a kidney patient requiring care. This is the reason prevention and education become so important.
Educating to Limit Kidney Disease
Knowing how to protect yourself from the risk factors is crucial in limiting kidney disease. From diet, exercise, and lifestyle, you have the power in your hands to give yourself a better chance at survival and preventing CKD.
The Ben Williams Foundation wants to improve understanding of the disease and promote early detection and management.
The foundation organizes educational events where you may volunteer. You can also attend a kidney disease educational program near you to learn more about managing and preventing the disease.
How You Can Help Spread the Word
- Organize or Join an Educational Event
- Organize a Kidney Walk
- Donate to Research for Kidney Health
- How to Protect Yourself
- Have regular kidney health checks and general medical check-ups
- Monitor your risk factors for hypertension and diabetes
- Eat well and exercise