What Can You Do to Reduce Risk of Kidney Disease?

Marco Green
March 11, 2017

Filtering around 180 litres of blood every day, removing waste and excess fluid, our kidneys perform a vital function in keeping us healthy.

The preliminary analysis of data of over 1,500 patients with kidney disease recruited as part of the study showed the overall prevalence of obesity at 49 per cent, but the figure in women was a whopping 57 per cent. Besides its now well-recognized association with chronic kidney disease, obesity has also been recognized to be a risk factor for kidney stones, and for various types of cancers like kidney cancer and others. CKD is typically symptomless until its later stages, which leaves many people unaware they are in an early stage of the disease until it is too late.

Patients in the last stage of the kidney disease need maintenance dialysis, two to three dialysis sessions in a week.

It is estimated that 510,000 (or one third of) Australians have signs of chronic kidney disease that may be due to obesity.

Dr Tomson says: "Kidney disease, in many cases, is a silent killer".

"It's critical that Australians understand that when your kidneys shut down, your body shuts down".

Raise awareness about our "amazing kidneys". These include: "swollen ankles/ feet/ hands, shortness of breath, blood in your urine, foamy urine, fatigue, an increased need to go to the toilet and pain in the small of the back, where the kidneys lie". According to them, muscle cramps, numbness, tingling, bone or joint pain and rash are all the symptoms of hyperphosphatemia and people who experience them quite often should consult a doctor at the earliest. The exact mechanisms whereby obesity may cause development and worsening of CKD also remain unclear. "They can assess your case, with diagnosis being done through simple blood and urine tests".

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Managing underlying health conditions with doctor's help. Staying at a health weight can reduce the risk of such conditions developing, and in turn, reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Obesity is directly linked to diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and metabolic syndrome. "Quit smoking and maintain good control of diabetes and blood pressure", said Dr Mahajan.

Zitur "crashed" into dialysis, meaning there was a very short period of time between being diagnosed and requiring dialysis or a transplant to be able to survive. Therefore, it's really important to follow a healthy diet that's low in salt and calories, and to reduce excessive alcohol intake. This is because obesity, as it is well-known, is a risk factor of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

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