Kidney diseases affect 600 mn worldwide: Report

Kolkata, Mar 8 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Kidney diseases are silent killers as they affect around 600 million people worldwide – approximately one in ten people.


The patients may have no symptoms until they reach kidney failure. It is then too late for treatment and the only way to stay alive is lifetime dialysis – or transplantation, for the lucky few who manage to find a donor.


[ReviewAZON asin=”185959204X” display=”inlinepost”]Sadly, dialysis is often not an option in the developing world, where it is too expensive, water is scarce or machines are unavailable.


Celebrated worldwide on the second Thursday of March, World Kidney Day offers a crucial opportunity to inform and educate health policy-makers, people who are at highest risk of CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease), and the general public that kidney disease is common, harmful and treatable.


Sanjay Prasad, CEO & Executive Director, Mercy Hospital said that kidney diseases are often detected too late, when the patient is already in an end-stage renal failure and will need either dialysis or transplantation.


“It is less known, however, that a simple way to prevent these issues is to tackle the problem at the source, and ensure early diagnosis of kidney damage by systematically screening people diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension.”


“This can be done with simple and inexpensive urine tests. Sadly, less than half of those people diagnosed with diabetes undergo a simple screening test for kidney disease.”


He said, “We are trying to facilitate the early detection of kidney diseases through a special Complimentary Screening from March 10-12 at Mercy Hospital OPD from 10a.m. to 1p.m.”


The package includes:


1. Complimentary Screening program by renowned Nephrologist and Urologist


2. 25% discount on related investigations


3. Nil service charges for all admissions in the general ward


4. Complimentary diet consultation


This year, World Kidney Day focuses on Diabetes, which is the leading cause of kidney diseases worldwide.


Hypertension, obesity and pollution are also major causes of kidney damage. While it is commonly known that lifestyle changes of the past decades have lead to an increase in diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, too many people still ignore that the conditions have generated this outburst of kidney disorders.


Many ignore the function of their kidneys, while they are at the heart of our body health. The main job of our kidneys is to remove toxins and excess water from our blood. Kidneys also help to control our blood pressure, to produce red blood cells and hormones, and to keep our bones healthy.

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