Awareness To Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease

Henrietta Brewer
March 9, 2017

Having diagnosed with a kidney disease can be extremely stressful.

A growing body of evidence indicates that obesity is also a potent risk factor for the development of CKD and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and overweight or obese people have two to seven more chances of developing ESRD. In 2014 over 600 million people worldwide were affected by obesity and this number is expected to increase by 40% or more in the next decade.

"In Bermuda, the statistics are sobering; 75% of adults are overweight or obese".

"Kidneys are as important to your health as your heart or your lungs yet many people are not aware of the essential role these vital organs play in our body, says Dr. Mike Bevilacqua, Nephrologist".

Certain factors can cause chronic kidney disease. On the one hand, it could contribute to it indirectly, by inducing or worsening diabetes and hypertension, themselves well-recognized risk factors of kidney disease. And it's not just restricted to adults. "People of all ages can be afflicted by kidney disease but those in their 20s and 30s are also at risk besides children as obesity is noticed among the young generation as well". Improvements in this realm could provide an avenue to restoring function within a failing kidney. The study found that kidney function may be compromised when this natural cycle is disrupted. Some of the most effective measures are also the easiest: Follow a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy; stay hydrated and minimize alcohol intake; exercise regularly and control your weight; reduce your salt intake; monitor your cholesterol levels; keep an eye on blood pressure; know your family's medical history; and go in for annual physicals that include honest conversations with your doctor about your lifestyle and habits.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) can happen due to many reasons - often it's the result of a combination of different health conditions that impair kidneys' function. "As many youngsters do not get to know that they are hypertensive they continue with their sedentary lifestyle", said Gireesh Manwani, Senior Consultant (Internal Medicine), Saroj Super Speciality Hospital.

Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. To help reduce your salt intake try to limit the amount of processed food or do not add salt to food. However, UTIs do not usually lead to lasting kidney damage if treated correctly. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health, is working to improve those odds.

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