People often don’t worry about their kidneys until it’s too late

Kidney diseases are silent killers, which will largely affect the quality of life. There are however several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease.

As we commemorated World Kidney Day during the week, it is a goo/d time to look back and applaud the Government on making the service free at public hospitals, although a lot still needs to be done in provision of health services

In August last year, Governmentstarted offering free dialysis services at public hospitals, bringing relief to kidney patients.

World Kidney Day’s objective is to raise awareness globally of the importance of kidney health and to increase screening for chronic kidney disease. The day is marked every second Thursday in March annually.

Renal services are available free of charge at hospitals such as Mpilo Central and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care on Thursday in a statement urged Zimbabweans to take their real health seriously and adopt healthier lifestyles that are friendlier to kidneys.

“As we celebrate World Kidney Day 2019, don’t forget to get your kidney function checked by a doctor if you have one or more of these high risk factors; diabetes, hypertension and obesity,” read a statement from the health ministry on its official twitter handle.

“Keep fit and active,keep regular control of your blood sugar level, monitor your blood pressure, eat healthy and keep your weight in check, maintain a healthy fluid intake, and do not smoke.”

When kidneys are not checked in time and one develops kidney disease, it can develop to chronic kidney disease.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years. Each of your kidneys has about a million tiny filters, called nephrons. If nephrons are damaged, they stop working. For a while, healthy nephrons can take on the extra work. But if the damage continues, more and more nephrons shut down. After a certain point, the nephrons that are left cannot filter your blood well enough to keep you healthy.

When kidney function falls below a certain point, it is called kidney failure. Kidney failure affects your whole body, and can make you feel very ill. Untreated kidney failure can be life-threatening.

Keeping fit helps to reduce your blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of CKD.

The concept “on the move for kidney health” is a worldwide collective march involving the public, celebrities and professionals moving across a public area by walking, running and cycling. Why not join them – by whatever means you prefer.About half of people who have diabetes develop kidney damage, so it is important for people with diabetes to have regular tests to check their kidney functions.

Kidney damage from diabetes can be reduced or prevented if detected early. It is important to keep control of blood sugar levels with the help of doctors or pharmacists, who are always happy to help.

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Source:: Daily times


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