World Kidney Day 2019: Be in control of your health & Happy Kidneys – Happy Lives

Worldwide, India is considered a new hub for chronic kidney disease. We at Narayana Health, Delhi NCR, are determined to change this. Good health is not a luxury for just a selected group in society. No matter rich or poor, it is time for us proud Indians to take control of our health.

Kidneys help in regulating blood pressure, make red blood cells and maintain healthy bones. Kidneys also get rid of toxins and excess water in the body. The kidney is a very resilient organ, hence symptoms of kidney disease appear at a very late stage.

Poorly controlled diabetes and hypertension are becoming the main causes of kidney failure in India and worldwide. People suffering from heart disease and obesity are also at higher risk of developing kidney disease. Inadvertent usage of pain killers, over the counter medications and indigenous medications prescribed by untrained personnel, can also cause kidney failure.

The wisdom of ‘prevention is better than cure’ does apply to kidney health as well.  On this world kidney day, we urge everyone suffering any long term or short term illness, obesity or on long term medications, to think of their kidney health. A simple test like KFT with Urine routine examination is a cheap & convenient way of checking kidney function.

Give up bad habits & adopting a healthy lifestyle will help in controlling as well as preventing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases and high blood pressure. In the times of rapidly developing antibiotic resistance in our community, judicious & medically supervised use of antibiotics is also needed of the hour.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has five stages, stage 1 to 5. Patients who develop end-stage kidney (ESKD) disease require to undergo dialysis for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, kidney disease can affect any age group from very young to the elderly. Undergoing dialysis in ESKD is essential to stay alive. However, CKD & dialysis are associated with a high risk of developing circulation disorders such as heart disease and stroke.

The best treatment for ESKD is undergoing Kidney Transplant. When planned carefully, a kidney transplant is a safe operation for both the recipient and the kidney donor. Kidney donors have a normal life after an operation. Transplanted kidney usually last for 10-15 years.

Still, there are lakhs of patients who do not have any suitable close family member who can donate their kidney to them. In this situation, these patients can receive an organ from deceased patients who (and their family) had opted to donate their organs after death. This noble idea of giving a new life to others after death is worth considering for every one of us.

Take home message from the kidney specialist :

  1. Monitor your diabetes
  2. Control your blood pressure
  3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle- eat healthily, do exercise and control your weight
  4. Get your kidney function checked regularly
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. See a doctor – if you are unwell, take medications prescribed by your doctor. Do not self-medicate.

Dr. Tarunk Kaushik I Senior Consultant – Nephrology & Renal Transplant I Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Delhi

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