Thinking of hosting a party in your backyard or a picnic with family and friends? Don't forget the barbecue. It's not only fun to eat, especially during the summer, but also a lifesaver for people struggling with kidney diseases.
Add a twist to your barbecue party by taking part in the Big Red BBQ campaign this January and help raise funds to support the advocacy of Kidney Health Australia, a charity that aims to improve the lives of people who have been diagnosed with kidney disease.
About 1.7 million Australians over the age of 18 have shown signs of chronic kidney disease, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Their data also revealed that the disease caused a total of 13,700 deaths per year from 1998 to 2018, hence the reason for Kidney Health Australia's unwavering commitment to protecting those who are affected through their ongoing charity programs.
By signing up to Big Red BBQ, you can contribute massively to their efforts and make a difference in the lives of people afflicted with the disease. The proceeds from your barbecue event will be used in the research, educational and support programs of Kidney Health Australia.
What Causes Kidney Problems?
Our kidneys are responsible for removing waste products from the body, maintaining normal pH levels and regulating blood pressure. Several medical conditions can compromise kidney health and keep the kidneys from performing their functions. Some of these conditions can develop from birth, while others may be triggered by environmental or lifestyle factors. A person may be at risk of kidney disease if they identify with any of the the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Kidney stones
- Prolonged use of pharmaceutical drugs
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Damaged glomeruli or tiny blood vessels inside the kidneys that filter the blood
- Kidney problems run in their family
How is Kidney Disease Diagnosed and Treated?
To determine the health of your kidneys, your doctor may conduct a kidney biopsy, check the level of creatinine in your blood or request a urine sample, among other procedures. Depending on the result of your kidney tests, your doctor may prescribe certain medications or recommend dialysis for end-stage kidney disease. Suppose your case turns out to be mild, you can reverse its effects by doing the following:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Cut back on salt in your diet
- Exercise regularly
- Get enough sleep
- Don't smoke and drink
- Undergo regular kidney screening
How Can You Host a Big Red BBQ Event?
In addition to taking care of your health, extend your energy to those whose strength has been stripped away by their failing kidneys. To start grilling and raising funds to support them, register for free on the Big Red BBQ's website. This is the perfect time to showcase your family barbecue recipe while changing the fate of those suffering from kidney disease.