Today March 9 is world Kidney Day. World Kidney Day which was first celebrated in 2006 is aimed at educating the world about the importance of kidney health, and reduce the impact of kidney disease and other health conditions associated with them.
World Kidney Day is also aimed at raising awareness of what the organs do and what can happen when they are not working properly.Specialists strive to teach the risk factors and bring screening to those at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Prevention is the main overall goal by teaching communities how to keep their risk factors as low as possible. The Day is also about donation. Transplant professionals use the day to educate people on the need for organ donation.
This is a decision that if left until the last moment can be difficult and painful for families but these donations can bring the joy of life back to someone who is suffering from kidney disease.
The theme for this year’s celebration is Obesity and how it leads to kidney ailments. The kidney is an essential organ in the body. Its primary role is to remove toxins and excess fluids from the body through urine, and also maintain a good balance of body salts and other chemicals. It is also involved in controlling the production of red blood cells and regulating blood pressure.
Obesity is one of the major health concerns affecting millions and millions of people worldwide. It is not just about being overweight, but it is one of the main reasons that cause other health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, heart ailments, fatty liver, osteoarthritis and even kidney ailments.
To celebrate World Kidney Day, here are 8 golden rules to keep your kidneys healthy and happy for years to come.
- Keep regular control of your blood sugar. About 50% of people with Diabetes will develop kidney damage. Make sure you are doing all you can to stay in control!
- Keep fit and active. Staying active helps in many areas to keep your kidneys healthy as well as promotes a positive mood and weight loss.
- Eat healthy and keep your weight in check. Making good food choices will go hand in hand with staying active to reduce weight and encourage good health.
- Water, water, water! Keeping hydrated is good for your skin as well as your kidneys. Staying hydrated flushes the toxins out of the kidneys and reduces the chance of kidney stones.
- Cut Down on Sugar- Most processed food products contain too much sugar, so when it goes to your system it leads to hormonal imbalance and also your blood profile changes. High consumption of these empty calories can cause obesity and diabetes – diseases that directly impact the functioning of your kidneys.
- No Smoking! Smoking is bad in many ways, but for the kidneys, the chance of developing cancer in them increases by 50% for smokers.
- Stay away from over-the-counter medicine for chronic issues. Many over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen can harm your kidneys if taken regularly. It is ok to take for emergencies, but see a physician if you are having chronic pain for options that will not cause harm.
- Cut Down on Red Meat- To reduce the risk of end-stage kidney disease, it is best to eat red meat in moderation.
- Good Sleep Time is Crucial- Studies have revealed that shorter sleep duration can lead to a more rapid decline in kidney function. Many of the body’s processes follow a natural daily rhythm or so-called circadian clock that is based on regular sleep-wake cycles.
- Say No to Junk Food- A diet that relies mostly on junk food or processed food may cause long-term damage to the kidneys and trigger diabetes. “Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes both induce changes in glucose transport in the kidney but junk food or a diet high in fat causes changes that are very similar to those found in Type 2 diabetes.
Ensure to keep your kidneys healthy, Happy World Kidney Day.