Why and How to Keep your Kidney Healthy in Nigeria
Today is World Kidney day, so we are bringing you this message to remind you why and how to keep your kidney up and running.
What is kidney?
Kidneys are the two organs on the sides of your abdomen. Its work is to filter the blood of toxic substances that your body no longer needs. As you eat, drink a lot of things everyday, your body produces a lot of waste. So it is your kidney that does the job of the filter. It filters your blood and rids it of any waste that can harm you. So imagine when your kidneys are not working as when the toilet in your room cannot flush. You eat, defecate, and everything in your room smells nice right?
How common is kidney diseases
Kidney diseases are very common. One in a every 10 adults have chronic kidney disease. Like, for example, there are ten adults in your family, one of them have chronic kidney disease. so it is that bad.In 2040 kidney disease has been estimated to be the 5th cause of premature death in the world.See the top ten common cause of death according to WHO (WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION 2016)
What are the causes of Kidney diseases
- Hypertension – if you have hypertension, please take your drugs serious
- Diabetes – if you have sugar, please check your sugar levels everyday.
- Non steroidal Antiinflammatory drugs
- Poor fluid intake like ,water
- Excessive protein diet
- Prostate problems
What are the symptoms and signs of Kidney problems – how do I know when i am having a kidney problem
- Do you have pains on your flanks or your back or even around your genital area.
- Do you have any swelling in your abdomen
- Production of very small quantity of urine
- Urinating so many times in a day or night
- Urinating on your body before you reach where you want to urinate.
- Pain while urinating
- Blood in your urine
- Do you have hypertension? You are a Candidate of kidney disease. Watch your BP well.
- Do you have diabetes? You are also a candidate, continuous check of your sugar is advised
How do I Protect my kidney and keep it healthy
- Regular blood pressure checks. do not say I am healthy. High blood pressure is a silent killer.
- Regular blood sugar checks – this is very necessary for your kidney.
- Avoid taking drugs without doctor’s prescription. It kills.
- Avoid smoking
- Excessive High protein diet is not good for you.
- Do not use public toilet, even if you do, try as much as you can to protect yourself
- Avoid sexually transmitted infections
- Exercise regularly
- If anyone in your family has kidney problem, you are also at risky. Talk with your doctor.
- Avoid sugary drinks
- Drink enough water. Like as much as you can. Water has no side effect. Infact, 60% of your body weight is water, so take as much as you can.And by the way, it is cheap.
Are kidney diseases curable?
The definitive cure for the worst kidney disease you may have is Kidney transplant. And you will agree with me that it is not good option.What are your chances of achieving that in Nigeria? How much is in your pocket?So prevention is better than cure.
The truth remains that it costs little to prevent, and then costs even life to cure.According to worldkidneyday.org, The cost of dialysis and transplant in developed world is about 2-3% of the annual health budget, and its meant for 0.03% of the population.
That’s to tell us what it looks like to have kidney disease. Of course in developing country like ours, many die off.
I think I have kidney disease. What do I do?
If you think you have a kidney problem, please go immediately and see your doctor.
Do not take these things for granted. Take it serious. Protect your Kidney today.Happy world Kidney day!