Nurses at Ysbyty Gwynedd are supporting a global campaign to educate their colleagues and the public about renal health to mark World Kidney Day.

Kidney disease affects over three million people in the UK but up to one million of these people may be undiagnosed.

The disease has a number of causes but by far the biggest risk is from uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure. Other causes include problems with the immune system, infections or it can be an inherited condition.

The Kidney Care Specialist Nurses are backing the international ‘Kidney Health For Everyone Everywhere’ campaign and hope to encourage more people to look after their kidneys.

Jane Powell, Kidney Care Specialist Nurse at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Renal Unit, said: “Kidneys are essential to our health and one of the most important organs in the body.

“Although anyone can develop kidney disease, there are a few things that can increase your risk – diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular (heart) disease or a family history of kidney disease.

“We want to encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyles such as having a healthy diet and to stop smoking.

“Many types of kidney diseases can be prevented, delayed or kept under control when appropriate prevention measures are in place.”

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Photo: The renal team promoting awareness around World Kidney Day at Ysbyty Gwynedd.