World Kidney Day flier On March 12, the Division of Nephrology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) celebrated World Kidney Day to increase awareness of the importance of kidneys to our health. Despite life as we know it already beginning to change due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), a number of patients and family members stopped by the event table in the Atrium to chat and pick up our giveaways, which included kidney-friendly recipes and kidney health education.

Kidney disease affects one in 10 people worldwide and causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year. Around 29 million people in the United States have chronic kidney diseases; however, the condition is rarer in children. It is a chronic, life-changing disease that requires lifelong care.

Kidney disease often has no symptoms in its early stages, and can be referred to as a “silent disease.” For some, symptoms may only show up after the disease is very advanced. Because of this, education and awareness are key.

With early diagnosis and treatment, it's possible to slow or even stop the progression of the disease. Proper diet and nutrition, exercise, and regular check-ups with your nephrologist are essential in managing chronic kidney disease.

At CHOP, our nephrology experts are dedicated to prevention, early detection and effective treatment of kidney disease. We partner with families to offer the most advanced treatment options, including dialysis and kidney transplantation, as well as emotional and social support.

For more information on our advocacy efforts and care for patients with kidney disease, visit Our Program page.

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