World Kidney Day is celebrated each year on the second Thursday of March. This campaign is aimed at creating global awareness about the importance of kidneys for healthy living. It goes unsaid that our kidneys do play a significant role in the body’s proper functioning. However unlike the liver, kidneys cannot repair themselves, that’s why we are blessed with two of them,

Chronic kidney disease is a hidden epidemic afflicting millions of people worldwide. Studies show that 1 out of 10 individuals in the general population are estimated to have some form of chronic kidney disorder. Every year about 175,000 people (new patients) suffer from kidney failure (stage V CKD) in India who require dialysis or kidney transplantation. Owing to underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, stress, etc., the rampancy of this disease has doubled over the past decade.

Symptoms of a Kidney Disease

People suffering from chronic kidney diseases are often diagnosed at an advanced stage. Lack of awareness about the early signs of the disease attributes to its late diagnosis. People with high blood pressure, diabetes or with a family history of kidney failure are at an increased risk. While there are a few physical signs and symptoms that can be related to the presence of kidney disease but it’s imperative to take up a routine checkup to confirm it and rule out other underlying conditions which may mimic these symptoms.

  • Puffy eyes, swollen feet, and ankles
  • Lower back pain
  • Increased fatigue
  • Headaches, shortness of breath, or nausea/vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased volume and frequency of urination
  • Frothy urine, and burning during urination
  • Poor sleep and appetite
  • Pain in the mid or upper back region on both sides

Importance of Kidney Screening Test

Screening is the most powerful tool against this chronic disease. It is a boon to many people with pre-existing conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc) which result in kidney failure.

Early screening helps in analyzing kidney function and identifies the indicators and abnormal findings such as blood in the urine, protein in the urine, kidney stones, kidney infection and pain. Blood sample analysis detects parameters such as creatinine, urea, electrolytes, proteins, minerals and glucose (sugar) present in the blood.

Kidney function tests or renal function test (RFT) keeps you and your physician informed about your kidney health and the necessary steps to be taken in case of any variation.

Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisite for this test. The test doesn’t require fasting and can be done at any hour of the day and requires a blood sample.  Talk to your doctor if you are on any medications.

8 Easy Steps for a Healthy Pair of Kidneys

  • Hydration is the key. Keep yourself well hydrated. The color of your urine determines your hydration level. Ideally, it should be of pale straw color. Darker urine color could be a sign of dehydration
  • Maintain a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
  • Reduce salt intake and avoid processed food
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Maintain your cholesterol and blood pressure levels at an optimum.
  • Keep your blood sugar levels in check.
  • Manage your stress levels and sleep pattern
  • Get a routine check up done

Nightingales Home Health Specialists now brings these tests at your doorstep within the confines of your home. Why spend time in traffic and travel when an expert phlebotomists can reach your door for sample collection.  

‘Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere’ is the theme for this year’s World Kidney Day. On this World Kidney Day, let us pledge to create awareness about preventative behaviors, risk factors and how to live with kidney disease.