Diabetes, hypertension key risk factors for kidney disease

Kidney Disease

This year's theme was, "Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere".

While filtering waste from the blood to create urine, healthy kidneys keep blood cells in the body.

Free check-up and consultations by medical specialists, nutritional and dietary advice were also provided.

'Kidney disease' is used to describe a host of disorders related to this fist-sized organ located in between the upper and back sides of the abdomen. She told Cayman 27 those with risk factors for chronic kidney disease shouldn't wait for next year's World Kidney Day to get screened. Annually, 2.4 million people die worldwide, making it the sixth fastest growing cause of death worldwide.

Know your risk. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure, you are at higher risk of kidney problems. Over time, water retention can put a strain on the kidneys and cause it to fail.

Challenges often occur during transplantation as this is considered the most cost-effective treatment of Chronic kidney disease.

Dr Sarfraz Sarwar, Dr Munawar Khaliq, Diabetologist Dr Sobia Naheed, Dr Fouzia Mushtaq, dietician Naila Rasheed and others spoke in the public awareness programmes.

Through its Know Your Kidneys™ program-the largest free kidney health screening program in the country-AKF is reaching into communities at high risk for the disease to educate people about their risk for the disease and offer free kidney health screenings. People with pre-existing heart, liver or kidney conditions are at even higher risk of kidney damage when taking NSAIDs.

He said that Pakistan only spends 0.7% of the GDP on health and since 1947 no significant change has been observed in this regard.

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NIDDK is committed to improving kidney health for everyone through research and education.

He noted that there should be means of getting rid of the waste from the blood, since the kidney, which is expected to perform such a function, is damaged, hence, the importance of the dialysis, as a means of accessing the blood to bring out the waste that was deposited as a result of the kidney being damaged, he added.

He also urged people to avoid smoking and over-the-counter pills on regular basis.

Shehnaz Ahad, of Kidney Foundation, said that diabetes was on the rise around the world and in 2000, around 5.2 million Pakistanis had diabetes.

"Go and get checked as soon as possible", she said. The World Kidney Day aims to spread awareness about the role of kidneys in maintaining an individual's health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney diseases and its associated health problems worldwide.

However, when damaged, these kidneys are not able to filter human blood well enough.

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She said when she was diagnosed from the onset, and placed on dialysis section, the payment was moderate as compared to the GH₵ 250.00 she pays now.

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".

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