World Kidney Day

March is National Kidney Month
 
Kidney disease is a major public health concern. Kidney disease often goes undetected until it is very advanced. Unfortunately, this is when someone would need dialysis or a transplant.
Around 40-50% of this could be prevented and progression of chronic kidney disease delayed if prompt measures taken to investigate, diagnose and treat risk factors and conditions that may affect or worsen kidney functions.
Education, awareness and prevention is crucial in managing  chronic kidney disease.
 
The key is to find kidney disease before the trouble starts. Regular testing for everyone is important, but it is especially important for people at risk.

Main Risk Factors:
Additional risk factors:
-Prolonged use of non steroidals (NSAIDs)
-Elderly
-Chronic urine infections
-Chronic Kidney disease
Recognition of symptoms and signs;
  • Tiredness, weakness
  • Difficult, painful urination
  • Foamy urine
  • Pink, dark urine (blood in urine)
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased need to urinate (especially at night)
  • Puffy eyes
  • Swollen face, hands, abdomen, ankles, feet
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sickness; nausea and vomiting
3 Simple, Life-saving Tests:
– Get BP checked
– Urine test
– kidney function checked
Things People with Kidney Disease Should Do:
  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Manage blood sugar levels
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Avoid NSAIDs, a type of painkiller
  • Moderate protein consumption
  • Get an annual flu shot
Things Everyone Should Do:
  • Exercise regularly
  • Control weight
  • Follow a balanced diet
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink only in moderation
  • Stay hydrated
  • Monitor cholesterol levels
  • Get an annual physical
  • Know your family medical history

Support the work of Pakistan Kidney Centre Any amount can help to make a BIG difference in the fight against kidney disease

12 March 2020