March is buzzing with festivities, Women’s day, Holi and yet another important health day, The World kidney day!
World Kidney day is organized on second Thursday of March around the globe. The awareness campaign is initiated by International Society of Nephrology and International federation of kidney Foundation. WHO creates a theme every year for awareness about the importance of kidney, along with the impact of diseases on kidneys! This year the theme is Obesity and Kidney diseases.
We know that obesity is the root cause of all health problems. It interferes with normal functioning of the body, affects the organs creating imbalances and leads to diseases! The main function of kidneys is to filter blood, meet the metabolic demands, hold important nutrients in the body and discard the waste through urine. All these functions are very critical for our well being, interference with just any one of the above is significant enough to create mayhem! And that’s what happens in obesity!
In obese people kidneys are overburdened, they have to work harder to perform their functions. The increasing demand over burns the kidneys and increase the risk of developing chronic kidney diseases (CKD), end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the long-term.
And sadly, there is no cure for CKD and ESRD; treatment (which includes long-term dialysis and Kidney transplant which are costly enough to put a lot of financial as well as mental pressure on a being) can only slow down the effect of CKD and ESRD.
So the solution to evade all this is trimming the waist or having control of one’s weight! First of all identifying the problem and then acting accordingly can prove to be a lifesaver!
So here are some golden rules for healthy kidneys:
- First of all book an appointment with your doctor and find out the condition of your kidney
- A healthy eating habit is a solution to 80% of problem and it is in your hands solely
- Increase your Fluid intake; give a little help to your kidneys in flushing out the toxins
- Exercising i.e. keeping yourself active and fit is the next step
- Avoid smoking, it really is a big deal
- Refrain from self-medication at any cost as it can damage kidneys and lead to life-threatening consequences
- Get a check-up done on regular interval
- To live a healthy life one must have good control of blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol
The main purpose of celebrating World kidney day is encouraging healthy eating habits along with care for the kidneys.