On the occasion of Kidney Day on 14th March, Dr. Upal Sengupta has thought of sharing some significant tips on how to maintain healthy kidney functions. He mentioned that in order to avoid Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), it is tremendously important to keep the blood pressure and sugar levels at normal standard rates according to respective age groups.
As mentioned by Dr. Partha Karmakar, adequate amounts of water consumption are to be maintained in order to avoid dehydration of the body during summer, which may affect kidney health. Adequate water consumption prevents the formations of kidney stones. It also prevents polycystic kidney diseases and urinary infections.
Pointers by Dr. Partha Karmakar, Consultant Department of Renal Care, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur:
Water is life, avoid dehydration to keep kidney healthy.
Everyone is different, daily water needs will vary by persons and environment. Drink water according to your thirst.
Good water intake prevents kidney stone disease, helps in polycystic kidney diseases and urine infection.
Unusual large water intake leads to falling in sodium level which is dangerous.
Increase water intake when you take medicines like pain killers etc.
Reduce water intake when the kidney starts failing.
Dr. Upal Sengupta, Consultant Department of Renal Care, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur laid down the following guidelines for kidney care:
The main cause behind Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. Thus, early detection and control of blood pressure and blood sugar levels are important to avoid the incidence of CKD.
Avoid drugs that are harmful to kidney mainly painkillers.
Avoid non-proprietary medicines.
Avoid dehydration during summer. Consume adequate water.
Regular kidney checkup after the age of 40years is advised especially if one suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and has a family history of CKD.
There are some women-specific diseases like SLE, pregnancy-related kidney disease which can lead to CKD. These conditions need early visit Nephrologist to avoid long-term complications.