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World Kidney Day – Caring for the Kidney

March 8th is commemorated as the World Kidney Day every year.

In today’s world, communicable diseases have paved the way// for non-communicable ailments, like chronic kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases as leading cause of death and despair. There is an increased effort by several groups of doctors to focus attention on matters related to kidney diseases and their consequences.

Individuals suffering from Hypertension and Diabetes are more prone to Kidney diseases. These two lifestyle related conditions are the leading cause of kidney failure and accounts for almost 50% of the patient suffering from chronic kidney failure that require either dialysis or transplant surgery.

The other noted causes of Kidney diseases are inflammatory diseases of the kidney, infections or obstructions to the urinary tract, or familial disorders like polycystic kidney disease.

Statistics reveal that one out of every ten individual suffers from some form of kidney disease. Here, kidney function maybe impaired and can present as an elevated level of creatinine in the blood and excretion of protein in the urine. Kidney damage manifests itself in the form of high BP, anemia, heart disease and swelling of the body and in advanced cases as difficulty in breathing.

Simple laboratory techniques, consisting of simple urine and blood tests help in the detection of this complex disease. If left undetected kidney disease may lead to progressive kidney loss, requiring dialysis or a transplantation, or it may lead to a premature death due to the associated heart ailments. It is of importance to note that a healthy individual identified with chronic kidney disease has a tenfold propensity to suffer death due to heart–related disorders, irrespective of suffering from kidney failure or not. Twelve million people suffer from morbidity from cardiovascular
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