On 14th March 2019Fortis Hospital and Kidney Institute (FHKI), Kolkata organized a 1.5 Kms long walkathon to raise awareness on maintaining a healthy Kidney to mark World Kidney Day. As many 200 people, counting specially-abled children from Manovikas Kendra, participated in the walkathon which was kick-started at FHKI. Leading personalities of Kolkata like Actor Abir Chatterjee, Dr. Shivaji Basu, and Consultant Urologist at FHKI, Dr. R.K. Gopalakrishna, Consultant Urology at FHKI and Dr. Upal Sengupta, Consultant Nephrologist, FHKI flagged off the walkathon.
The walk started from FHKI and moved towards Deshapriya Park, Rashbehari Avenue, Rashbehari Gurudwara and finally back to FHKI.A health checkup camp was also prearranged outside of FHKI for people. The basic health screening was done like weight and blood pressure check, Urea, Creatinine, Uric Acid, and Random Blood Sugar check followed by Diet Consultation. The core idea behind this walk is to raise cognizance about the growing incidence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) with severe consequences and concerns if goes untreated. On completion of the walkathon, FHKI presented 10 cycles to Kolkata Police as a goodwill gesture.
Are you aware of the facts of CKD? Let us talk about it more. You are sure to find this term in the prescription of all the kidney patients. CKD is a worldwide public health problem with hostile outcomes of kidney failure and premature death. 850 million people worldwide are now assessed to have kidney diseases from various causes.
Chronic kidney diseases (CKD) cause at least 2.4 million deaths per year and are now the 6th fastest growing cause of death.
Speaking on the need to remain vigil and alert for healthy kidneys, Dr. Partha Karmakar, Consultant Nephrologist at Fortis Hospitaland Kidney Institute said, "It is important to be aware of the health of your kidneys. Timely diagnosis and proper care under professional supervision can cure the most challenging diseases. The concern with renal disease is that it does not show any symptoms at the onset. However, at the later stage, it can result in major concerns like swelling of body, weakness, vomiting, breathing problems etc."
Dr. Upal Sengupta 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.