Kidneys: The Silent Guardians of Our Health

Our kidneys play a vital role in keeping us healthy. They act as a natural filtration system, removing waste products and excess fluid from the body, while also maintaining blood pressure and electrolyte balance.

Early Detection is Key

Most kidney diseases are silent, often progressing without noticeable symptoms until later stages. Early detection is crucial for successful management and preventing complications.

Who is at Risk?

Certain individuals are at a higher risk of developing kidney disease, including those with:

o   Uncontrolled diabetes

o   High blood pressure

o   Family history of kidney disease

o   Frequent use of pain relievers

o   Underlying health conditions like liver disease or heart disease

Simple Tests for Early Detection:

Fortunately, diagnosing kidney disease is often straightforward and affordable. Regular check-ups and simple tests like:

·         Urine examination

·         Blood tests (creatinine, microalbuminuria)

·         Ultrasound imaging

·         Blood pressure monitoring

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of kidney health:

·         Healthy diet: Low in salt and sugar, rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

·         Adequate water intake: Staying hydrated flushes out toxins

·         Regular exercise: Promotes overall well-being

·         Weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight reduces stress on the kidneys

·         Limiting pain relievers: Consult a doctor for appropriate pain management

Addressing Myths and Misconceptions:

·         Not all kidney diseases require dialysis.

·         Swelling is not always a symptom.

·         Regular check-ups are crucial even without noticeable symptoms.

·         Early intervention can slow disease progression.

·         Dialysis is not always permanent.

·         Kidney transplants offer a renewed life.

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The Need of the Hour: Equitable Access to Quality Care

·         Significant strides have been made in recent years to improve access to kidney care.

·         Increased availability of Nephrologists and trained medical professionals.

·         Improved transportation facilities.

·         Telemedicine and digital health initiatives.

·         Expansion of dialysis centers in remote areas.

Call for Collaborative Effort

A collective effort involving the government, healthcare institutions, and medical professionals is crucial to:

Raise awareness: The Department of Nephrology of KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital has organised a walk from Channamma Circle to KLES Hospital on 14th March, 2024 at 8 am. Dr. Nitin Gangane, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, KLE University will flag off the rally. It is to educate the public about the importance of kidney health and early detection.

Dr. Khanpet

Dr. M S Khanpet

Prof & HOD Nephrology

KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital & MRC, Belagavi.

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