Chronic kidney disease on the rise in Cayman

Chronic kidney disease on the rise in Cayman

Essentially important for human health, kidneys help remove waste products and extra water, assisting in controlling blood pressure, the production of red blood cells, and keeping the bones healthy. CKD or Chronic Kidney Disease is a progressive disorder where the organs fail to work to their full potential.

"It is quite appropriate that we come down to the people in order to enlighten them on what can be done to prevent and possibly to even check themselves for occurrence of kidney diseases".

The medical outreach entailed a public awareness campaign on kidney health and a free medical screening to detect the possible risk factors that could cause kidney disease.

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

According to nephrologists, 25 million people are living with chronic kidney disease in Nigeria, and 850 million in the world.

Though national policies and strategies for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in general are present in many countries, specific policies directed toward screening, prevention and treatment of kidney diseases are often lacking, World Health Organization said. Since some kidney diseases may pass on from one generation to the next, the speakers urged those having a family history of kidney disease (such as polycystic kidneys) to ensure that all other members of their family are also screened through an ultrasound of the abdomen.

After 140/90 and above, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and monitor your blood pressure level often.

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Around 175,000 new cases of kidney failure (stage V CKD) are diagnosed in India every year, as per the Indian Society of Nephrology (INS) statistics from 2017. Such conditions then require treatments like dialysis or/and a kidney transplant.

Get tested. People with early-stage kidney disease usually have no symptoms. Though, many times, there are no marked early symptoms. Studies have also shown patients with CKD are less likely to be provided recommended "optimal" PAD care. 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.

Poorly functioning kidneys can result in electrolyte imbalances.

Explaining the cardinal measures for prevention of kidney diseases, they advised low intake of salt and oily foods, staying hydrated, eating more fruits and vegetables, staying physically active, regular check-ups with doctors, no consumption of alcohol and tobacco, maintaining ideal weight, controlling sugar levels for diabetic patients, controlling high blood pressure in hypertensive patients and compliance with medications as directed by the physician.

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

This World Kidney Day, let's make minor lifestyle changes - regardless of whether you are someone suffering from the disease or not. After all, the kidneys do perform some critical functions for all of us.

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