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World Kidney Day – Caring for the Kidney

diseases that stems from chronic kidney disease. The ever-growing diabetes graph only helps to aggravate the existing kidney scenario.

Dialysis and Kidney transplantations are high–maintenance procedures that cut into the health care budgets of developed countries, while it is extremely burdening for the developing world. In developing world countries, many of the patients who require dialysis or a transplant fail to receive it, while in others there is no access to Kidney care. All this means that the patients are forced to die for the lack of a better option.

Therefore the need of the hour is a combination of early detection and prevention. Lifestyle modifications, controlling hypertension and diabetes, along with regular screening for the disease can help to curtail the incidence of the ever-expanding kidney disorders. Some of the recommended preventive measures are:

? Control hypertension, blood glucose, lipids

? Control body weight

? Avoid smoking

? Do regular physical exercises

Carry out regular screening for the following groups of people -

- Individuals who are obese and above the age of 50

- Individuals who have hypertension and diabetes

- Individuals who are smokers

- Individuals with any form of kidney disease

- Individuals who have a family history of kidney disease

- Individuals who have a family history diabetes, hypertension

As we celebrate world kidney day it is also vital to consider the plight of those who require kidney transplantation or dialysis. There is a shortage of kidneys for transplantation and there is a need to spread awareness among the public regarding kidney donation, especially from deceased donor or cadavers. The elected governments must play a larger role in regularizing the activities surrounding kidney donation. A combination
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