Pay attention to your kidneys this World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day

World Kidney day observed second Thursday in March of every year, is celebrated as a global awareness campaign aimed at raising the awareness of the importance of Kidney.

Its theme was: "Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere".

There has been a steep rise in cases of chronic kidney disease across the globe and in India it is the eighth leading cause of death. This poses a higher risk of cardiac diseases and can even result in total kidney failure.

"In Western countries, this kind of disease is actually under the insurance health scheme so that when people come down with such disease, the insurance takes about 70 per cent of the cost". High blood pressure is especially likely to cause kidney damage when associated with other factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and various cardiovascular diseases.

"So, if the government can take most of these burdens off the populace, then, I am sure we will have an healthier society". NIDDK's Kidney Precision Medicine Project aims to collect and analyze kidney samples from a broad range of people in an effort to identify targeted treatments for kidney damage from chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injury. "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.

"So, we think that prevention is always better than to wait for the disease to occur and we start looking for money to get treatment".

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With kidney disease affecting 30 million Americans-most of whom are unaware they have it-the American Kidney Fund (AKF) is using today, World Kidney Day, to issue an urgent call to Americans at risk for the disease to get tested. "During the screenings we can detect persons who have high levels in these areas and have them referred to a doctor on site for further checks".

He said: "We know from experience that most kidney diseases tend to occur in the middle and low socioeconomic group to which the population here belongs". Whether you have kidney disease, one of the risk factors, or are simply concerned, discuss it with a friend or family member. Weakness and anemia are also signs of kidney disease.

"People need to be aware and try to ensure that they reduce their intake of such".

SIUT organised free clinical testing such as blood tests, urine tests, measurement of height, weight, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure etc.

The CardioVascular Coalition (CVC) is comprised of national organizations representing physicians, care providers, advocates, and manufacturers who came together to advance community-based solutions created to improve awareness and prevention of cardiovascular disease and peripheral artery disease, reduce geographic disparities in access to care, and secure patient access to high-quality, cost-effective, community-based interventional treatment across America.

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