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Chronic kidney disease on the rise in Cayman

16 March 2019

"Transplantation is considered the most cost-effective treatment of chronic kidney disease", said Dr Moyo.

Speaking at the same event, World Health Organisation country representative Dr Alex Gasasira said: "We reflect on the burden of kidney problems and what we all are doing to maintain good health for everyone, everywhere", he said.

The celebration was initiated by the joint committee of the International Society of Nephrology and International Federation of Kidney Foundations in 2006.

As the nation's leading independent nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling the nation's low-income dialysis and transplant patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation.

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It often arises from the social conditions in which people are born, grows, lives, works, and age including poverty, gender discrimination, lack of education, occupational hazards and pollution among others.

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care has plans to increase dialysis machines in Zimbabwe to assist patients with kidney diseases.

Mr Isaac Asare Lartey, a senior Nursing Officer at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Renal unit on Thursday said, diabetes and hypertension are the two major causes of kidney diseases, hence, the need to create awareness. Most kidney diseases do not occur overnight and happen slowly, in different stages.

"Kidney disease is increasing at a faster rate than any other noncommunicable disease in the USA, and that's why we're working so hard to ensure people at risk are tested", said LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund.

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Each kidney is roughly the size of an adult fist and their main function is to keep the composition of blood in the body balanced. Each kidney is a system of millions of tiny filters called nephrons.

SIUT organised free clinical testing such as blood tests, urine tests, measurement of height, weight, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure etc. Keeping a healthy workout routine will keep your blood pressure in check, reducing the risk of CKD. Aligarh Man Wanting Six-Pack Abs Ends Up With Kidney Failure: What Are The Side Effects of Steroid Abuse?

People who suffer from kidney problems do not get to know until it reaches a very late stage. Avoid taking painkillers for more than ten days. He emphasized upon early screening and control of diabetes and hypertension.

Processed food contains a lot of sodium, which can lead to water retention and strain on the kidney.

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Chronic kidney disease on the rise in Cayman