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Separating fact from fiction this World Kidney Day

Separating fact from fiction this World Kidney Day

And kidney disease is often described as a silent killer - many of us don't realise that it affects about three million people in the United Kingdom alone.

"Usually, our kidneys filter the blood, removing harmful waste products and excess fluid, and turning these into urine". This is because symptoms often don't materialise until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.

The idea that everyone who is diagnosed with chronic Kidney Disease will need dialysis is a myth.

"Being overweight increases your risk of developing kidney disease by 1.5 times and being obese doubles it". "Don't wait until you have kidney disease to make a change".

"The data confirms that there is high prevalence of obesity in patients with chronic kidney disease".

"Normally people can lose up to 90 per cent of their kidney function before they become ill", she said.


In an attempt to combat the chronic disease, Kidney Health Australia is holding their annual "Kidney Health Week" to raise awareness about an illness which is "very prevalent in our area", according to Tamworth Nurse Manager of Home and Satellite Dialysis Services, Tracey Boonstra.

Certain factors can cause chronic kidney disease. This year the theme highlights obesity and how it leads to kidney ailments.

As per the International Federation of Kidney Foundation, by 2025 obesity will affect 18 per cent men and over 21 per cent women worldwide. Improvements in this realm could provide an avenue to restoring function within a failing kidney. The urban population is more prone to obesity-related kidney ailments due to their sedentary lifestyle. "This slowly and steadily damages the kidneys and heart apart from giving rise to various other problems; it could even be fatal". The aim of treatment is to help manage the disease by preventing further kidney scarring and slowing progression, controlling symptoms and reducing complications.

"We know that obesity is particularly concerning in children as it is associated with a wide range of health conditions and increased risk of premature onset of illness", says Dr Coleman. As an organisation, Kidney Research UK is committed to working with medical professionals across the UK to help them identify "at risk" patients and ensure they have the support and guidance they need to work towards early diagnosis in as many cases as possible.

"As a 67-year-old organization, we're trying to refresh our approach to reach a younger demographic which doesn't realize how risky kidney disease can be", added Longino.


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