World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign and the goal is to raise awareness of how important our kidneys are.
All around the globe, people come together to raise awareness and educate others about this important cause. Everybody should be aware of the risk factors, how to prevent possible risks and how to live with renal failure.
This was celebrated last March 14, 2019
WORLD KIDNEY DAY HISTORY
World Kidney Day is a global health campaign celebrated every year all across the world focusing the health and importance of the major body organ, kidneys to reduce the occurrence of kidney diseases as well as related health problems. It is commemorated worldwide on annual basis on the 2nd Thursday of March. It was started celebrating in the year 2006 by the 66 countries which were increased to become 88 countries in just 2 years.
The celebration was initiated by the joint committee of “International Society of Nephrology and International Federation of Kidney Foundations”.The Body’s Filter
Responsible for removing waste products from the human body by filtering the blood, regulating blood pressure, and producing critical life-sustaining hormones, kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located under a person’s rib, one on each side.
By helping the body excrete waste and excess fluid through urine, kidneys help optimize the composition of blood, keep bones strong, and help the body make red blood cells. Any breakdown in the function of the kidneys can lead to poor health at a minimum, and can be fatal at the extreme.
Maintaining Kidney Health
Because of this, reducing the risk of kidney disease and failure is essential. Medical professionals suggest that healthy eating, keeping one’s weight in check, and keeping active are simple ways for people to ward off kidney disease. In addition, it is recommended that people at risk for kidney disease should try to avoid overusing over-the-counter and prescription drugs, as well as regularly screening their blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Managing Kidney Disease
One of the primary purposes of World Kidney Day is to advocate best practices in detecting and effectively managing kidney diseases and kidney failure. If detected early enough, kidney disease can be easily treated with medication and diet. Those with chronic high blood pressure, diabetes, and other conditions that can affect kidney function are therefore encouraged to get routine checks for kidney function.
Damage to your kidneys is usually permanent. Although the damage cannot be fixed, you can take steps to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible for as long as possible. You may even be able to stop the damage from getting worse.
• Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
• Keep a healthy blood pressure.
• Follow a low-salt, low-fat diet.
• Exercise at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
• Keep a healthy weight.
• Do not smoke or use tobacco.
• Limit alcohol.
• Talk to your doctor about medicines that can help protect your kidneys.