5 tips on how to keep you kidneys healthy

World Kidney Day in Vancouver

The day is celebrated in 66 countries including Nigeria.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States affecting an estimated 26 million Americans.

It often arises from the social conditions in which people are born, grows, lives, works, and age including poverty, gender discrimination, lack of education, occupational hazards and pollution among others.

In India the prevalence of this disease has nearly doubled in recent years and is expected to increase due to the various risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, stress, obesity and other unhealthy eating habits.

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. She is also one of the editors of the China Kidney Disease Network (CK-NET) 2015 Annual Data Report, which was published by Kidney International, the official journal of the International Society of Nephrology, last month.

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. He also told us about PKLI's role in prevention and treatment of kidney diseases.

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Kidneys serve a vital role by filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood and maintaining a healthy balance of water, salts, and minerals.

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

Keeping fit helps to reduce your blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of chronic kidney disease.

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs in the renal system.

After 140/90 and above, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and monitor your blood pressure level often. "By taking up a challenge like this, one can increase the ability of the kidneys to filter out toxic waste and improve its functioning and remain healthy for years", said Dr Prashant Dheerendra, Nephrologist, Apollo Hospitals on Bannerghata Road.

"Most people here do not have the financial capability to take themselves to the hospital for treatment or screening, but this outreach has brought that service down to our people". He called for adopting healthy lifestyles, consuming healthy diets, and engaging in exercise and tobacco control. Some major risk factors include diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia (cholesterol and lipid-related problems), excessive protein intake and excessive salt intake. It's not easy to undo kidney damage and may require painstakingly tedious procedures like dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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