11 March 2020
Taking care of the kidneys is akin to leading a healthy lifestyle free from high blood pressure, diabetes, untreated kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Such is the situation that 2.4 lakh new patients develop Chronic Kidney Failure in our country every year. It is also the 6th fastest growing cause of death, which may change to become the 5th leading cause by 2040.
Dr Navjit Sidhu, Associate Director Nephrology & Sidhant Bansal, Associate Consultant Nephrology from PARAS Hospitals Panchkula said while talking to media persons to create awareness on World Kidney Day 2020.
This year the theme of World Kidney Day is “Prevention to Deduction” The two bean-shaped organs in the body, just about the size of the fist, are essential for removing waste products from the blood and regulating the water fluid levels.
Discussing how chronic kidney failure leads to irreversible damage to the kidneys, Dr Navjit Sidhu said, “Chronic Kidney Failure (CRF) is progressive in nature and irreversible damage to the kidneys could happen mainly because of diabetes, hypertension, infection, urinary obstruction, stone disease and some inherited abnormalities. Advanced stage of Chronic Renal Failure requires some form of Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) like Hemodialysis (filtering the blood off toxins & waste products) or Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD).
The prevalence of this disease has almost doubled over the past decade, and is expected to increase further due to rise in risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, stress, and unhealthy eating habits.
Speaking on this occasion Dr Sidhant Bansal said that uncontrolled high blood pressure, high blood sugar over the years can be the possible reasons behind it. To prevent oneself from kidney diseases, one must reduce salt intake to lower blood pressure and avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. Being physically fit and active also helps in preventing renal diseases. Over-the-counter drugs must be avoided and healthy body weight must be maintained.
Diabetes and obesity is a major risk factor for kidney disease, hence it is important for people with diabetes to have regular tests to check their blood sugar levels and also manage their weight. Blood pressure must also be kept in check and the body should be well-hydrated.
On this occasion, Mr Ashish Chadha, Facility Director of Paras Hospitals said that Paras Hospital had State of the Art 18 Bedded Dialysis centre and has round the clock dialysis services, including Intervention Nephrology services like Permacath, AV Fistula, Renal Biopsies and Centerlines. PARAS is the only Hospitals in Panchkula Dist which has 5008 online Dialysis machines, which can offer SLED for extremely sick Patients. He also shared that PARAS Hospitals Panchkula is now Empanelled with Haryana Govt, Himachal Govt, CGHS and all major TPA & corporates.
10 TIPS to Prevent KIDNEY DISEASE:
- Manage diabetes, high blood pressure.
- Reduce the intake of salt:
- Drink 8- 10 glass of water every day
- Don’t resist the urge to urinate
- Eat balanced Diet including lots of Fruits.
- Drink healthy beverages
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Exercise daily
- Avoid self-medication, especially painkillers.
- Think before you take Protein supplements and herbal medicine without discussing with your doctor