Thursday, December 18, 2008

WORLD KIDNEY DAY

World kidney day is established on the second Thursday in march each year. The first world kidney day was on march 9th 2006 with the theme “early detection & prevention of chronic kidney disease”.

Kidney disease is growing problem in India. It can affect people of all age group. People having diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family member with kidney failure are more likely to develop kidney diseases. Healthy kidney filters your blood. They remove waste and extra water. They help control the amount of certain chemicals in your blood like sodium, phosphorous, and potassium. The right balance of these chemicals helps your body work well. Healthy kidney helps us keep this balance. When kidneys are diseased they slowly stop doing jobs. If not treated, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure. When that happens, dialysis or a kidney transplant is the only option for keeping a person alive.

Early kidney disease is a silent problem, like high blood pressure. Kidney disease can become kidney failure with little or no warning, and is usually discovered right before the kidney fails. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family member with kidney failure, please consult your doctor or healthcare professional and get yourself tested for kidney disease.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kisney failure. Many patients know they have diabetes or high blood pressure, but do not know that they may also have kidney disease.

What to ask a doctor? 1. Based on my medical and family history am I at a risk for kidney disease? 2. Do I need to test my blood and urine to detect kidney disease? 3. How can I prevent or control kidney disease?

Risk of kidney disease increases if a person is having diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease in family history.

“Help raise awareness about early detection and prevention of chronic kidney disease during world kidney day and beyond by talking to your family and getting them tested for chronic kidney disease”


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