With growing incidence of kidney diseases in the population, leading nephrologists emphasised the need for diabetics and people above 40 years to undergo screening tests as early diagnosis and treatment would not only delay but also prevent renal failure.
‘Protect your kidneys, save your heart!' is the theme of ‘World Kidney Day' being observed on Thursday. According to S. Dakshinamurthy, senior professor of Nephrology & Head of the Department, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) cardiac arrest was one of the most common causes of mortality in patients on dialysis and accounts for 40-50 per cent of deaths. Stating that kidney failure leads to excess phosphate level in blood which causes heart disease, he said proper diet, control of BP level and regular urine tests should be followed to keep renal problems at bay.
Professor Pradeep Deshpande of Gandhi Medical College said the high incidence of diabetes among the general population was one of the main reasons for the increase in kidney disease. Other factors contributing to rise in renal problems include pollution, toxins, use of heavy metals in food substances, indiscriminate use of pain-killers and antibiotics and the fact that Indians have less nephron mass.
Dr. Somasekhar, consultant nephrologist, Apollo Hospitals, said healthy lifestyle choices could play a crucial role in kidney health.