Control your BP and blood sugar to prevent chronic kidney disease
New Delhi, February 22, 2016: Chronic kidney disease or CKD, as it is commonly referred to, is a rising problem in India. And if not managed or detected in time, it can damage the kidney function in due course of time resulting in kidney failure that requires dialysis or even a kidney transplant.
Diabetes mellitus and hypertension, two of the most prevalent lifestyle diseases today account for a large majority of chronic kidney disease in the country. Control of the high blood pressure and high blood sugar can prevent almost 50% cases of CKD and related complications and death.
Quite often, chronic kidney disease does not cause any symptoms and is detected incidentally on routine blood tests or urine tests.
“Chronic kidney disease is a silent killer, which adversely affects the quality of life of an individual. Hence, it is very important that CKD is diagnosed in its early stages, as this is when it is most treatable,” said Dr SS Agarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) & Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, Honorary Secretary General IMA and President Heart Care Foundation of India.
“But, you can protect your kidneys,” they further added. “Keep your lower diastolic blood pressure and fasting blood sugar level below 80. Maintain a healthy body weight. Get kidney function tests done once a year and ask your doctor about eGFR test, a screening test for early kidney damage.”