Kidney Health Is for You Too

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As the nation's leading independent nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling the nation's low-income dialysis and transplant patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation.

This year's theme is "Kidney health: for everyone everywhere".

"There are a lot of things we take unknowingly that they are not good for the body, but with this lecture, we know better".

'Kidney disease' is used to describe a host of disorders related to this fist-sized organ located in between the upper and back sides of the abdomen. Annually, 2.4 million people die worldwide, making it the sixth fastest growing cause of death worldwide.

In India the prevalence of this disease has nearly doubled in recent years and is expected to increase due to the various risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, stress, obesity and other unhealthy eating habits.

Overwork, lack of sleep, smoking and alcohol abuse are likely to cause damage to the kidney, Yang said.

Those who spoke in the public awareness program were Dr Sarfraz Sarwar, Dr Munawar Khaliq, Diabetologist Dr Sobia Naheed, Dr Fouzia Mushtaq dietician Ms Naila Rasheed and others.

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A large number of people participated in the event and availed the facilities. Whether you have kidney disease, one of the risk factors, or are simply concerned, discuss it with a friend or family member. It's important to keep in mind that the right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy and breast feeding.

He said that Pakistan only spends 0.7% of the GDP on health and since 1947 no significant change has been observed in this regard. Here is a list of important dos and don'ts to improve your kidney health.

He said that diabetes and high blood pressure were two major causes of kidney diseases and walking was essential in reducing the chances of developing them.

Ominisan said: "I am happy that I got screened today because I have been waiting to go to the hospital for checkup, but there is no money and I know many people here are like that".

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.

The consultant added that diabetes, hypertension, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), glomerulonephritis and obstructive uropathy were friendly to kidney diseases.Amira advised the public to desist from employing herbal medication since it had not been subjected to rigorous clinical trial to authenticate its efficacy, noting that the side effect could lead to acute kidney injury.

"This is why it's important to have it done", she said.