March, 11, 2010 - we celebrate World Kidney Day (WKD). WKD is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of our kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problem worldwide.
The focus for this year's campaign is on Diabetes, a common cause for kidney failure.
Every year million people die prematurely of kidney failure or heart attacks and strokes linked to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). WKD encourages everyone to learn more about their amazing and very useful organs, kidneys and to raise awareness of the fact that the kidney disease is common, harmful and curable.
Due to lack of awareness, chronic patients with life threatening condition - which leads to complete renal failure, seek medical help only after more than 50% damage of their kidneys. In India, at least 16% of the population suffers from CKD, say doctors.
Cause of Kidney failure:
- Diabetes & Hypertension
- Diseases with stones
- Intake of pain killers & alternative medicines like powdered heavy metal
- Hereditary reasons
- Feeling fatigued
- Trouble in concentrating
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble in sleeping
- Muscle cramps at night
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Puffiness around eyes
- Dry & itchy skin
- Increasing frequency of urinate
- Regular check up of your urine, blood & blood pressure.
- Control blood sugar level
- Control high blood pressure
- Stop smoking
- See your doctor if you think you have a bladder infection
- Reduce your weight
- Take salt-restricted diet and avoid process food