March is Kidney Month

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March is National Kidney Month and Thursday, March 11 is World Kidney Day! 

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is calling on all Michiganders to learn more about kidney disease and know whether you're at risk. More than a million Michigan adults have chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it. In most cases, chronic kidney disease can be managed or prevented to delay the onset of other health complications.

The kidneys are the body’s chemical factories, filtering waste and performing vital functions that control things like red blood cell production and blood pressure. But over time, the kidneys can become damaged with little or no physical symptoms to warn you that your kidneys are in trouble.

In observance of National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is urging everyone to learn their risk factors for kidney disease. Visit our Kidney Disease page to learn more.

For media inquiries, visit our Press Room.

Click here for our 2021 Kidney Month Press Release.


Events & Happenings

The health and safety of everyone involved with our organization is very important to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
Click here for information regarding any changes happening to upcoming programs in regards to COVID-19.

World Kidney Day Virtual Event!
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: Virtual event, visit to join the virtual event on March 11. 
Sponsored by: Beaumont and NKFM
Join us for a panel discussion with a nephrologist, dietitian and person living with kidney disease. Learn effective strategies for living with kidney disease, nutrition tips, how COVID has impacted the kidney community, and more.
Click here to see the flyer for the WKD Beaumont event.

Let's Talk Living Kidney Donation Virtual Event
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Time: 10:15-11:00am
Location: Virtual event, please visit our Facebook page ( to join the event on March 17 at 10:15am. 
Sponsored by: Gift of Life Michigan, Mercy Health, Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children's Hospital, the Eric Zane Show, and NKFM. 
Most people who need an organ transplant are waiting for a kidney, and March is National Kidney Month. Join us for a conversation with some amazing people involved in living donor kidney transplants – including West Michigan healthcare providers, donors, and transplant recipients. This roundtable discussion will be hosted by our friends at Gift of Life Michigan. Bring your questions about being a living kidney donor or kidney transplant recipient.

11th Annual Kountz/Callendar/Drew Transplant Symposium- Virtual for 2021 (two dates)
Dates: Thursday, March 18, 2021 and Friday, March 19, 2021
Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
Location: Virtual Event, register by clicking the registration link-
Sponsored by: Gift of Life MOTTEP and the University of Michigan Transplant Center
This event is designed to promote the exchange of ideas on cultural empowerment and how to create a community of change in regards to organ and tissue donation. 


Diabetes Prevention Program

The NKFM Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight with the goal of reducing their chances of developing the disease. Visit to seevirtual DPP workshops and information sessions coming up.


Enhance Fitness 

Enhance Fitness is a physical activity program for adults that is designed to improve functional fitness and well being. EF is now being offered remotely. For all of the NKFM’s Enhance Fitness information, click the EF Remote link.


PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) 

The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (PATH in Michigan) was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn to better manage their long-term health conditions. For all of NKFM's PATH workshops, click here.


If you have an event you would like us to feature on this page, please contact Carly Giles at [email protected] or call 734-222-9800.



The NKFM would love for you to share the celebration of World Kidney Day and National Kidney Month with your friends and family. Please feel free to use any of the infographics or messages on your social media channels and don't forget to tag @KidneyMI or use the hashtags: #KidneyMonth, #WKD, or #WorldKidneyDay.

Download our 2021 Kidney Month Infographics!

2021 Chronic Kidney Disease Large Infographic
2021 Chronic Kidney Disease Large Infographic (Español)

NKFM Social Media Accounts:


Kidney Month Tweets: March 2021

  • More than a million #Michigan adults have kidney disease and most don't know it. #KidneyMonth
  • #Diabetes and high blood pressure cause more than 70% of all kidney failure cases in Michigan. #KidneyMonth
  • With a blood test, your doctor can determine your glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which indicates your level of kidney function #KidneyMonth
  • Early detection and early treatment can slow or prevent the progress of kidney disease. #KidneyMonth
  • There are more than 2,700 #Michigan patients waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Of this number, over 2,200 need a kidney. #KidneyMonth
  • Once your kidneys fail, you either have to have a machine filter your blood with #dialysis, or get a kidney transplant. #KidneyMonth
  • Every day, 13 people die waiting for a #kidney. #KidneyMonth
  • If you have #diabetes or high blood pressure, you have an increased risk for developing #kidneydisease. #KidneyMonth
  • Take 5 for your kidneys for #KidneyMonth! 1) Get tested. 2) Reduce NSAIDs. 3) Cut processed foods. 4) Exercise regularly. 5) Stay hydrated.
  • When it comes to vital organs, hearts get all the love. Why not #HeartYourKidneys for a change? #KidneyMonth



10 Things Your Kidneys Do:

  • Filter 200 liters of blood a day, removing two liters of toxins, wastes and water
  • Regulate the body’s hydration and water balance
  • Regulate blood pressure by controlling fluid levels and making the hormone that causes blood vessels to constrict
  • Support healthy bones and tissues by producing the active form of Vitamin D
  • Produce the hormone that stimulates bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells
  • Keep blood minerals in balance
  • Keep electrolytes in balance
  • Regulate blood acid levels
  • Remove certain drugs from the blood
  • Eliminate excess water-soluble vitamins


  • 26 million American adults (age 20+) have chronic kidney disease.
  • More than a million Michigan adults (age 20+) have chronic kidney disease.
  • 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.
  • In Michigan, African Americans make up only 14 percent of the general population, yet make up 45 percent of the dialysis population, and 46 percent of the kidney transplant waiting list.
  • As the incidence of obesity in children increases, so does the rate of type 2 diabetes, which is a leading cause of kidney failure. One in three kids born in 2000 will develop diabetes.
  • Nearly 2,100 people were waiting for a lifesaving kidney transplant in Michigan on February 1, 2021. 

Detection and Prevention:

  • Many adults with chronic kidney disease do not even know it – there are little or no symptoms in the early stages, people are not visiting their physicians regarding the illness, and many are not educated on the risk factors or the detection steps they should take.
  • Diabetes and high blood pressure cause 64% of all kidney failure cases in the US.
  • Ask your doctor to calculate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) from the results of a simple blood test. GFR can tell your doctor what your level of kidney function is.

Risk Factors:

  • Individuals with diabetes and high blood pressure are at higher risk.
  • Older individuals, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Arab Americans are at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease.
  • African Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure from diabetes than Caucasians.
  • African Americans are 6.5 times more likely to develop kidney failure from high blood pressure than Caucasians.

Download and share these resources, below!

Better Kidney Health For Kids: 7 Golden Rules
Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet
Organ Donation Fact Sheet