Hold a BBQ and save lives!

Kidney Health Australia’s BIG RED BBQ campaign is about to start.

The campaign is based on an Australian icon, the barbeque. Barbeques are great opportunities to bring family and friends together to create and share fantastic memories.
It is with this in mind that Kidney Health Australia developed the BIG RED BBQ, to give everyone the chance to get their family and friends together to not only have fun, but to raise funds and awareness of kidney disease.

 big red kidney

Caption: Kidney Health Australia CEO Anne Wilson, Tim Mathieson, the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Billy the Kidney.

Each and every day in Australia 7 people die from breast cancer, 8 from prostate cancer and 4 die from road accidents.

Fortunately, deaths from these causes are diminishing.

Horrifically, and without fanfare, EVERY day over 50 Australians die with kidney related disease, and the death rate is increasing unacceptably fuelled by the rise in obesity, diabetes and the ageing population.

Over 1.7 million Australians have at least one clinical sign of kidney disease (1 in 9 adults).

Kidney disease has no warning signs which means that a person can lose up to 90% of their kidney function before they realise they are sick. Sydney Turf Club supports the Big Red BBQ, to bring families, friends and businesses together to raise awareness about kidney disease and encourage all Australians to get tested by their GP.

FAST FACTS ON CKD IN AUSTRALIA

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a significant and growing public health problem, responsible for substantial burden of illness and premature mortality. In Australia, it is a fact that 1 in 3 adults is at increased risk of developing CKD. Adult Australians are at risk of CKD if they:

- Have high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Have diabetes
- Smoke cigarettes
- Are obese
- Have a family history of chronic kidney disease
- Are over 50 years of age
- Are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent

Who is at more risk of Chronic Kidney Disease?

- High blood pressure affects 1 in 4 Australians (50% do not have blood pressure managed to target levels)
- Diabetes affects 7.6% of Australians aged over 25 years (50% of whom are undiagnosed)
- 19.5% of Australians aged over 14 years smoke daily
- 2.6 million adult Australians aged over 25 years are obese

What causes Kidney Disease?

The three top causes of CKD in Australia are:
- Diabetes, 34% of new cases
- Nephritis or inflammation of the kidney, 22% of new patients
- High blood pressure (hypertension), 14% of new cases

So hold your own barbeque and by making people aware that kidney disease is a silent killer, you never know whose life you may save.

To find out how you can lend your support visit: www.kidney.org.au

and register here to hold your own BBQ wherever you are in Australia.

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Image credit and sources: Kidney Health Australia. 

This post was brought to you by the NSW Nurses’ Association.

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