Knowing your risk factors and making lifestyle changes can help
prevent chronic kidney disease
DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX), a global innovator in renal care
for more than 60 years, is a proud supporter of World Kidney Day, an
education campaign focused on reducing the frequency and impact of
kidney disease. As part of its support, Baxter is encouraging
individuals around the world to understand their risk factors and make
lifestyle changes that can prevent kidney disease, or dramatically slow
its progression. An estimated one in 10 people around the world have
chronic kidney disease (CKD), which translates to approximately 26
“Most people don’t realize that your kidneys play a vital role in your
health, from filtering toxins from your blood to regulating blood
pressure,” said Maggie Gellens, M.D., medical director for Baxter.
“Diabetes and hypertension take their toll on your kidneys and are the
most common causes of CKD.”
Kidney disease is often called a ‘silent disease’ because it does not
always present symptoms. Kidney disease is a lifetime condition and does
not go away, but some types of kidney disease can be treated—especially
when caught early—which is why it is so important to recognize risk
factors and early symptoms. Watch
this video to learn more about kidney disease.
“If I only knew then what I know now regarding the impact of my choices
on my kidneys, I would have made different decisions in the past,” said
Karmen Laws, a wife and grandmother with end-stage renal disease, which
is the most severe form of CKD. She uses Baxter’s peritoneal dialysis
therapy at home every night to remove toxins from her blood now that her
kidneys no longer work properly. “Don’t wait until you have kidney
disease to make a change. Integrate healthy lifestyle choices into your
daily activities, including proper nutrition and exercise.”
Baxter has a long legacy of supporting the kidney disease community, and
has been a sponsor of World Kidney Day for many years. Baxter and the
NAACP have also launched a new partnership to improve knowledge about
kidney disease and dialysis treatment options for African Americans. Learn
more about upcoming town hall events in Jackson, Miss. and Chicago.
Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital
products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV
solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition;
biosurgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software
and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of
its products and services play a key role in expanding access to
healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees
worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical
breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations
that enable patient care.
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