Kidneys for life

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic renal disease, is a progressive loss in renal function over a period of months or years.

To fully investigate the underlying cause of kidney damage, various forms of medical imaging, blood tests and often renal biopsy (removing a small sample of kidney tissue) are employed to find out if there is a reversible cause for the kidney malfunction.

What is a kidney health check?

Any health system in the world usually includes simple methods for early detection of kidney disease. When indications are that you are at 'increased risk' of developing CKD, one simple method to measure your kidney function is to measure albumin in the urine by dipstick that detects protein in urine.

What can a health professional do?

-Inform patients about the important role of the kidneys

-Monitor and educate patients who are at particular risk for kidney diseases

-Get in contact with local or national nephrology society or local or national kidney foundation to find out how you can participate in initiatives, help disseminate information and become otherwise involved.

What can you do for your kidneys?

-Keeping 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

-Do not smoke

-Do not take over-the-counter pills on regular basis

-Check your kidney function if you have one or more of the 'high risk' factors

Dr D S Chafekar (The writer is MD Med, DM Nephro, DNB Med, DNB Nephro)

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