Could You Lose Up to 80% of Something
and NOT Know It?
March is Kidney Health Month and the BC & Yukon Branch has partnered with BC Renal on a public awareness campaign to highlight the fact that you could lose up to 80% of your kidney function and not even know it. It is important for British Columbians to be kidney smart, and when it comes to their kidney health, knowledge is definitely power.

Kidney disease is potentially life threatening and has no cure. It's also much more common than people think. 1 in 10 people has kidney disease, which occurs when kidney damage is present or there is a decreased kidney function for a period of three months or more. When this occurs, kidneys can no longer do their important work.

Many people living with kidney disease show no symptoms until the disease is very advanced, so it's really important to know the risks and to talk to your doctor about being screened for kidney disease if you fall into one of the risk categories. The earlier someone knows they have compromised kidneys, the higher the chance of preventing or delaying the onset of kidney failure and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant.

The leading causes of kidney disease, include: diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. In addition, those with a family history of kidney disease or individuals from certain ethnic backgrounds, including Asian, South Asian, African and Aboriginal are also at greater risk for kidney disease.

There are things you can do to help protect your kidneys like maintaining a healthy lifestyle which includes managing blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

The Kidney Foundation, BC & Yukon Branch and BC Renal are encouraging the public to take a simple and quick kidney self-assessment, and to talk to their doctor if they are at risk for kidney disease. For more information, and to check out the kidney self-assessment go to

Check out below what is happening at the BC & Yukon Branch to support Kidney Health Month.

Kicking off Kidney Health Month on March 8th is our not-to-miss 7th Annual Kidney Gala

Please visit for more information and tickets.

Public Awareness Campaign

The Kidney Foundation is proud to be partnering with BC Renal for the Kidney Health Month public awareness campaign.

The campaign highlights the fact that "you can lose up to 80% of your kidney function and NOT know it".

We will promote key prevention messaging with a call to action to take on online Kidney Health Self-Assessment, especially for those in high-risk categories,

A special kidney health month PSA/Video has been created and available in English (long and short version), Punjabi and Chinese.

Check our our video and campaign site at

Watch for campaign ads and PSA on:

  • Facebook and Instagram
  • Various Chinese and Punjabi publications, including the Asian and South Asian post
  • Lower Mainland buses and skytrain stations

Help us reach more people by sharing the video and campaign website

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