Local 8 News celebrates World Kidney Day

Members of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Dialysis Unit

Members of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Dialysis Unit

Obesity is often not considered a serious health issue but it's at the root of several lifestyle ailments and complications affecting the people.

When it comes to internal organs, hearts tend to get all the attention. They play the powerful roles of filtering everything in your system, keeping your body clear of waste and toxins, balancing your internal fluids, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure, and controlling the production of red blood cells, among other things. African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.

"Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic". More than 1 in 3 USA adults, and about 1 in 5 teens, are affected by obesity.

"Being overweight increases your risk of developing kidney disease by 1.5 times and being obese doubles it". And in 30-40 per cent kidney ailment cases, the patients are obese and overweight if not diabetic.

"Kidney-related disease kills more people each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and even road accidents but up to 90 per cent of kidney function can be lost before you feel sick", said Dr Spicer. And it's not just restricted to adults.

Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney disease. "Our findings suggest that individuals can still maintain their protein intake unless their kidney function has been severely compromised". The study found that kidney function may be compromised when this natural cycle is disrupted. Worse, obesity directly or indirectly can damage the kidneys. On March 9, 2017, World Kidney Day will put a spotlight on the importance of kidneys and ways to reduce the impact of kidney disease. "As many youngsters do not get to know that they are hypertensive they continue with their sedentary lifestyle", said Gireesh Manwani, Senior Consultant (Internal Medicine), Saroj Super Speciality Hospital.

Unfortunately it is not yet possible to cure chronic kidney disease, as the condition is associated with scarring in the kidneys that can not be removed or replaced. This eating plan can also lower your blood pressure.

National Kidney Foundation, founded in 1950 by a mother desperate to find a cure for her infant son, is now the nation's leading kidney advocacy organization and recognized throughout the world for improving the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease. "You can treat yourself to your favourite dessert or a fast food burger sometimes as long as it does not replace your daily balanced diet".

"The best means to fight chronic kidney disease is prevention: it is thus paramount to identify and to treat all of its possible risk factors, such as obesity".

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