Why World Kidney Day Matters: A Look into Kidney Health
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Did you know that your kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste and excess fluid from your blood, The two kidneys together filter 200 litres of fluid every 24 hours. making them a vital component of your overall health?
Unfortunately, many people take their kidneys for granted and are unaware of the risks and consequences of kidney disease.
let’s take a closer look at the importance of kidney health and how we can prevent common kidney diseases. Whether you’re in India or anywhere else in the world, understanding kidney health is crucial for a happy and healthy life.
This World Kidney Day, the theme is “Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable!”. Over 850 million people worldwide are affected by this chronic illness, which is a leading cause of death, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where emergency preparedness plans are lacking.
The theme for World Kidney Day 2023 highlights the significant impact of disastrous events on those with chronic illnesses, including kidney disease patients, due to disruptions in access to proper care
Kidney disease is a growing problem in India and around the world. In fact, according to a study published in The Lancet, chronic kidney disease is the 12th leading cause of death worldwide. In India, it’s estimated that around 17% of the population has some form of kidney disease. Additionally, many cases of kidney disease go undiagnosed, making it difficult to track the full extent of the problem.
There are many factors that can contribute to kidney disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. These conditions can damage the kidneys over time, leading to a range of symptoms and complications. Some of the most common kidney diseases in India and around the world include:
Chronic kidney disease (CKD): This condition occurs when the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood properly. CKD can lead to a range of symptoms, including fatigue, swelling, and frequent urination.
Kidney stones: These hard mineral deposits can form in the kidneys and cause intense pain and discomfort. Kidney stones are often caused by dehydration and a diet high in salt and animal protein.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs): UTIs can occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract and causes an infection. While UTIs can affect any part of the urinary tract, they are most common in the bladder and urethra.
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD): This is a genetic disorder that causes fluid-filled cysts to form in the kidneys. PKD can lead to kidney failure if left untreated.
While kidney disease can be a serious and life-threatening condition, there are steps you can take to prevent it. Here are some tips for keeping your kidneys healthy:
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help flush out toxins and prevent kidney stones.
Eat a balanced diet: A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help keep your kidneys healthy. Avoid excessive amounts of salt, sugar, and animal protein.
Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight and prevent conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Manage chronic conditions: If you have conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, work with your doctor to manage them and prevent kidney damage.
Don’t smoke: Smoking can damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of kidney disease.
At MGM Healthcare’s Institute of Renal Sciences, we are committed to raising awareness about kidney health and providing world-class care for patients with kidney disease. Our team of experienced nephrologists and urologists use the latest diagnostic tools and treatments to manage kidney disease and help patients maintain their quality of life.
By understanding the risks and taking steps to prevent kidney disease, you can help protect your kidneys and live a long, healthy life. If you’re concerned about your kidney health or have symptoms of kidney disease, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us, Call +91 044 2524 2424 today.