Amcal's Kidney Health Assessment
Did you know you can lose 90% of your kidney function without experiencing any noticeable symptoms?^
That’s why it’s so important to ask your Amcal pharmacist for a Kidney Health Assessment if you think you might be at risk. Our pharmacists will be able to advise you on any lifestyle, dietary or medication management changes you need to make, in order to help keep your kidneys as healthy as they can be for as long as possible.
For just $14.99, your Amcal pharmacist will check your blood pressure, assess your lifestyle factors, and give you a KidneyCheck™ screening test to take home. This simple test, developed by Kidney Health Australia, can detect protein in your urine which is one of the earliest signs of kidney disease.
What is kidney disease?
The kidneys are responsible for the body's filtration system; they contain millions of tiny blood vessels called nephrons, which filter our blood to get rid of waste. When these nephrons are damaged they can't perform this important task as well as they should. This is what we call kidney disease.◊
Do I have kidney disease?
People with kidney disease might experience common symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, puffiness (around the legs, ankles and eyes) and need to pass urine more frequently at night. But they might not experience any symptoms at all, until it’s too late.
What are the risk factors for kidney disease? §
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Are you a smoker?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Have you ever had heart problems or a stroke?
- Do you have a family history of kidney failure?
- Are you obese?
- Are you over 60 years old?
- Do you have a history of acute kidney injury?
- Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?
Ask your Amcal pharmacist for a Kidney Health Assessment today. It's quick, it's easy, and it might just save your life.
*KidneyCheckTM screening test detects for the presence of proteinuria, one of the early signs of kidney damage. Early detection of kidney disease may assist in improved treatment and management outcomes.
^Kidney Health Australia. (2017) Look out for these symptoms. Retrieved from http://kidney.org.au/your-kidneys/detect/kidney-disease/symptoms.
◊Kidney Health Australia. (2017) What your kidneys do? Retrieved from http://kidney.org.au/your-kidneys/prevent/what-your-kidneys-do.
§ Kidney Health Australia. (2017) Diabetes & kidney disease. Retrieved from http://kidney.org.au/your-kidneys/support/kidney-disease/health-and-wellbeing/diabetes-and-kidney-disease symptoms.