How many of us make sure we get our cars serviced every six months so we can rely on them to get us where we need to go on a daily basis? If you’re like me and know nothing about cars, I’m the type of person who most of the time will wait until something goes wrong to go and get the bloody thing checked. So here’s another question: how often do you go and check your own body to make sure it’s up to scratch and healthy AF so we can rely on it for the rest of our (hopefully long) lives!
The funny thing is, that most of you would have just agreed to getting your cars serviced, but wouldn’t be able to remember the last time that you went and got a health check-up. We always tend to focus on the physical symptoms that we can see which will motivate us such as our breasts, those moles on our back, a twitch or a shake, to go and get them checked, but what about the ‘silent’ diseases that have symptoms we shrug off on a daily basis. When was the last time that you checked to see how well your kidney is doing?
Kidney Disease is often to referred to as the ‘silent disease’ even though 1 in 3 Australian adults are at risk of chronic Kidney Disease, and there are often no warning signs. It is not uncommon for people to lose up to 90% of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms, so I think you’ll agree with me when I say that it’s better to be safe than sorry! Our kidneys are often underrated, but they are vital in maintaining our general health and wellbeing. They are responsible for removing waste and excess fluid from our body – picture your pools filter; if that gets blocked, your pool looks and feels like shit and the same goes for your body.
Our car services cost us over $150, but to check your kidneys will only cost (no, this is an investment) $14.99. That’s NOTHING when you think about your medical bills if you were to fall victim to this silent disease that’s more common than you think.
You can head into your local Amcal Pharmacy and pick up a Kidney Check screening test to take home for just $14.99. This simple test can detect protein in your urine, which is one of the earliest signs of kidney disease. So if your normal wees aren’t feeling as relaxed or satisfying as they should usually feel, maybe it’s time to show your kidneys some love with a home kidney check, because your next wee could save your life.