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5 tips on how to keep you kidneys healthy

16 March 2019

People with diabetes and high blood pressure have the highest risk for kidney disease, but others are at increased risk as well: anyone with a family history of the disease, people who are obese, people who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, and those over age 60.

The day is celebrated in 66 countries including Nigeria.

Owonala said: "This year, the World Kidney Day campaign aims to achieve kidney health for everyone, everywhere".

The celebration was initiated by the joint committee of the International Society of Nephrology and International Federation of Kidney Foundations in 2006. More than 30 million American adults may have chronic kidney disease, an irreversible condition, but most do not know they have it. According to the experts, the main symptoms and features of kidney diseases include swollen face and feet, tiredness, lack of appetite, lack of concentration, blood in urine, frothy urine, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, etc.

On the occasion of World Kidney Day, which falls on February 14, Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center (PKLIRC) wishes to raise awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD), which was rapidly spreading in Pakistan, with 17 million patients already.

The kidneys filter extra water and toxins from the blood.

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The ultimate goal of a UHC policy is to promote population health by ensuring universal, sustainable and equitable access to essential healthcare of high quality, protecting people from health impoverishment and improving equity in health. Smoking also increases the risk of kidney cancer.

He said: "As we speak today, kidney disease is counted as the sixth highest causes of death".

Mr Asare Lartey explained that, the functioning of the kidney is to produce red blood cells that helped in excreting waste from the body, adding that, "if the kidneys are damaged and could not perform its functions, the waste goes into the blood".

"There are a lot of things we take unknowingly that they are not good for the body, but with this lecture, we know better".

Prof. Dr. S. Abdul Halim also underlined the need for regular monitoring of blood pressure, adoption of healthy eating and lifestyle, and regular interactions with physicians. According to a U.S. medical report, she said, 44% people with diabetes were found facing kidney related problems whereas 29% of the patients of high blood pressure share this condition. "If kidney disease is left untreated and the blood pressure isn't lowered, the damage can lead to kidney failure", Dr Prashant added. Avoid taking painkillers for more than ten days. "Being aware of the nutritional value of food, the harmful effects of various food elements, and the identification of healthy food etc., are all a huge science that keeps the human being healthy". It's not easy to undo kidney damage and may require painstakingly tedious procedures like dialysis or a kidney transplant.

5 tips on how to keep you kidneys healthy