Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

'25 Million Nigerians Living With Chronic Kidney Disease'

'25 Million Nigerians Living With Chronic Kidney Disease'

While the chronic kidney disease (CKD) was progressively increasing in the South Asian countries like Pakistan, the "World Kidney Day 2019" was celebrated here on Thursday like other parts of the world with a renewed pledge to continue efforts for raising awareness among the people about the disease so as to check the burden of disease by following precautionary measures. Smoking also increases the risk of kidney cancer. These people either require dialysis and/or kidney transplantation as a form of medical treatment.

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"When people come to these kinds of screenings, they become more aware of all of the diseases we have on this island, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol", she added.

Dialysis Unit Nurse Manager Erlin McLeod said such checks help identify key indicators of individuals who are at risk of chronic kidney disease.

We all know that high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack, but not many know that it is the most common cause of kidney damage.

The symposium will start at 10 am with the opening remarks from Prof Asna Urooj, chairperson, Department of Science and Nutrition, UoM followed by Prof S R Ramesh's speech on "understanding relation between immunity, infection and nutrition in disease management".

This year World Kidney Day is themed as "Kidney health for everyone, everywhere", dedicated to spreading awareness about one of the most vital organs in the body.

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"It's an opportunity for everyone who can not afford to come to the hospital for checks", she said. The worldwide number is predicted at 850 million as per the World Kidney Day organization. Studies have also shown patients with CKD are less likely to be provided recommended "optimal" PAD care. Most people in the early stages neither report any symptoms nor realise that anything is wrong with their kidneys.

Kidney disease can be detected by the doctor after performing certain tests to check the functionality of the organ.

Genetic factors, family history, etc. certainly have a dominant role to play in some forms of kidney disease.

Even in early stages of compromised kidney functions, lifestyle changes will help.

Once CKD has been diagnosed, the best way to try and slow its decline is regular followups with a nephrologist or physician.

The day is globally observed in March in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Society for Nephrology (ISN) and International Federation of Kidney Foundation (IFKF) with the aim of spreading awareness among people about the function of kidneys, their importance, the diagnosis of kidney diseases, methods of prompt treatment and most of all prevention of kidney diseases.

If your urine has excessive bubbles or takes several flushes to go away, it may be a sign of kidney disease.

He said there was need to make the screening for kidney diseases a primary healthcare intervention. After all, the kidneys do perform some critical functions for all of us.

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