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Time to understand the "value of our kidneys"

Posted by : Mr. Sreehari Nair, 13 Mar 2014 12:49 PM
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World Kidney Day celebrated the world over aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health in the hope of a reduction in the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems. The prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease is increasing dramatically and the cost of treatment poses an enormous burden on healthcare systems worldwide. About 1 in 10 people have some form of kidney damage, and every year millions die prematurely of complications related to kidney disease. 

This year too, the theme targets a population that is destined to grow in our country with the anticipated longevity of our people. The carefully selected theme for
2014 - Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Aging – is the need of the hour.

Dr. Alan Almeida, Head-Nephrology Department, P.D. Hinduja Hospital said, “Many still underestimate or do not know the ‘value of our kidneys’. Diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors in the development of Chronic Kidney Disease. This would definitely be a point in favour of systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD - an ounce of prevention being better than a pound of cure, preventive behaviours ought to be encouraged.”

e further said that medical professionals should be educated on the fact that they have a key role in detection and reducing the risk of CKD in high-risk populations. “This endeavor would definitely yield greater fruits if medical professions are supported by local and national bodies to control this CKD epidemic.”

Escalating costs would outstrip health budgets. If detected early, Chronic Kidney Diseases can be treated, thereby reducing other complications and dramatically reducing the growing burden of deaths and disability from chronic renal and cardiovascular disease worldwide. In the event that kidney failure occurs, Transplantation would be the best outcome option and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative.

orld Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) to achieve the objectives spelt out before. World Kidney Day started in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since. 

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