The 10th of March is World Kidney Day and the theme for this year is “Kidney Health for all”. This theme links with the proper education of kidney health for people across the globe. It is important to bridge the knowledge gap to ensure better kidney care.

Kidney disease and the problems it may cause

 

Chronic kidney disease is a common disease, 1 out of 10 adults worldwide suffer from CKD. If left untreated it can be deadly.  It is therefore crucial that people are educated on kidney health, looking out for risk factors, and ensuring that the necessary health steps are taken to decrease the mortality rate. [1]

Some of the risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. A family history of kidney failure is also considered a risk factor. The problem with kidney disease is that it often goes undetected until it is already in advanced stages. This is when someone will have to get dialysis treatment or even a kidney transplant. [2]

To prevent this, the World Kidney Day Organisation works towards creating awareness to prevent chronic kidney disease and educating people around the world about their kidneys.

Taking care of your kidneys

 

Fortunately, there are things we can do to ensure we look after our kidneys. Know your risk factors, be aware of symptoms that could indicate a possible kidney problem, go for medical tests, and lastly stay healthy.

Staying healthy can be done in the following ways: Following healthy dietary guidelines, such as reducing salt intake, managing blood sugar levels, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, maintaining a healthy weight, and going for yearly check-ups at the doctor.[2]

Creating awareness and learning more

 

People tend to not think about the consequences of their diets and other health conditions’ impact on their kidneys. It is therefore important to always stay informed. Below you will find a few websites that could provide you with more information on chronic kidney disease and how to look after your kidneys for better health.

Keywords: Kidney Health, Kidney Patients, Dialysis patients, World Kidney Day, Chronic Kidney Disease

Sources:

  1. https://www.worldkidneyday.org/facts/take-care-of-your-kidneys/8-golden-rules/

  2. https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/sixstepshealthprimer

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