Go green for kidney disease

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) More than one in seven adults suffer from chronic kidney disease.

Kidney disease is known as a silent killer, because you can show no signs or symptoms until you're in complete kidney failure. It's important for those high risk individuals to get tested.

That could be someone who's diabetic, has high blood pressure, is over the age of 60 or has a family history of the illness.

Tests can be done through a urine or blood sample to check for kidney function.

Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death, even higher than breast cancer.

While the month also shares time with an Irish holiday, a St. Luke's doctor is hoping people will also realize the other significance or wearing green in March.

While some people may be born with only one kidney, most have two.

“Making people aware, in March people mostly associate that with St. Patrick ’s Day, and green shamrocks, so by increasing awareness we're hoping people will associate it with the green ribbons and kidney disease,” said Dr. Michelle Myers, nephrologist.

There are more than 100,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant but only 16,500 people actually get one each year.

Those with only one kidney actually live longer because they go through extensive screening during the transplant process, which can help detect other health issues that wouldn't have been caught otherwise.

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