Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Five Tips To Reducing Risk Of Kidney Disease

Five Tips To Reducing Risk Of Kidney Disease

Approximately 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure may have chronic kidney disease, again making it necessary for all hypertensive persons to be screened for kidney disease.

Speaking yesterday ahead of the World Kidney Day (WKD) holding today, Consultant Nephrologist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, Dr Oluwatoyin Amira, said herbal medication, diabetes, hypertension and poor funding were responsible for the increasing cases of renal failure in the country.

The celebration was initiated by the joint committee of the International Society of Nephrology and International Federation of Kidney Foundations in 2006.

The side-effects of painkillers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, etc., leads to chronic kidney diseases known as interstitial nephritis.

People of Asian, South Asian, Indigenous and African decent, as well as people with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are considered high risk for kidney disease.

Amira urged government to strengthen primary health care (PHC) and make it available to the grassroots.She pleaded: "We are begging government on behalf of the patients and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to please consider kidney diseases".

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.

"We are grateful to the Ministry of Health which is in the process of articulating a comprehensive policy for non-communicable diseases and we are looking forward to the kidney disease being a prominent part of this policy". 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.

Kidneys perform the function of removing excess waste and extra fluid from your body. They help the body pass waste as urine.

People who suffer from kidney problems do not get to know until it reaches a very late stage.

Prof. Dr. S. Abdul Halim also underlined the need for regular monitoring of blood pressure, adoption of healthy eating and lifestyle, and regular interactions with physicians.

"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". Some major risk factors include diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia (cholesterol and lipid-related problems), excessive protein intake and excessive salt intake.

Processed and junk food cause a build of glucose in the blood. Once the kidneys have failed, patients need either a dialysis or a kidney transplant to live.

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