Islamabad: The World Kidney Day is an international event celebrated in March across the globe in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, International Society for Nephrology and The International Federation of Kidney Foundation. This year’s theme was ‘Kidney Health: For Everyone Everywhere’.
Chronic Kidney Disease: The experts said the leading cause of chronic kidney diseases were primarily diabetes, kidney glomerular diseases and high blood pressure in addition to excessive use of painkillers, uncertified herbal medicines, genetic disorders, defects at birth, stone disease, infections, environmental pollution, unhygienic conditions and old age.
They said the unfortunate fact of the disease was that most of the kidneys got already damaged by the time symptoms of such diseases appeared.
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The experts said key symptoms and features of kidney diseases included swollen face and feet, fatigue, lack of appetite, lack of concentration, blood in urine, frothy urine, vomiting, difficulty in breathing etc.
Explaining key measures for preventing kidney diseases, the experts advised people for low intake of salt and oily foods, staying hydrated, eating more fruits and vegetables, remaining physically active, getting regular check-ups with doctors, no consumption of alcohol and tobacco, maintaining ideal weight, controlling sugar levels for diabetic patients, controlling high blood pressure in hypertensive patients and compliance with medications as directed by physicians.
Lectures and tutorials related to kidney diseases were delivered and educational publications were distributed to create awareness among the masses about kidney ailments.
Dr Sarfraz Sarwar, Dr Munawar Khaliq, Dr Sobia Naheed, Dr Fouzia Mushtaq and dietician Naila Rasheed were among the experts who were engaged in the day’s activities. A large number of people participated in events and availed the facilities offered. source Dawn