Jaypee Hospital organized a health awareness program around renal health. Dr. Amit Devra, Dr. Anil Prasad Bhatt and Dr Vijay Kumar Sinha addressed the session and informed people about the ureteral obstructions, prevention of kidney disease and dialysis respectively.
World Kidney Day is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Amit Devra Director, Department of Urology & Kidney Transplant and Coordinator Kidney Transplant Programme, Jaypee Hospital (Noida) said, “Ureteral obstructions are fairly common blockages that can happen in one or both of your ureters. The ureters are tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to bladder. A ureteral obstruction prevents urine from moving into your bladder and out of your body. If this blockage isn’t treated, urine can back up and damage your kidneys. This can cause pain and put you at risk of infection. In severe cases, a ureteral obstruction can lead to kidney failure, sepsis (life-threatening infection) or death. Symptoms of a blocked ureter or urinary tract obstruction are pain in your abdomen, lower back or sides below your ribs, fever, nausea or vomiting, difficulty urinating or emptying your bladder, frequent urination, recurring urinary tract infections (UTI), urine that is bloody or cloudy and swollen legs.”
The kidneys are among the most vital organs of the human body. The primary function of the kidney is to make urine and purify the blood. Each kidney removes waste materials, and other chemicals which are not required by the body. Kidney diseases are silent killers. They may cause progressive loss of kidney function leading to kidney failure and ultimately requirement of dialysis or kidney transplant to sustain life.
Emphasizing on the prevention of renal diseases, Dr. Anil Prasad Bhatt Director, Department of Nephrology & Kidney Transplant Jaypee Hospital (Noida )said, “Once spotted, kidney disease can be treated or managed, but often people will not know they have a problem until the disease has progressed to a point where kidney function is badly impaired. The main risk factors of kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, a family history of kidney disease, and obesity. The key to prevent CKD is getting tested at regular intervals. Control Blood Pressure and manage your blood sugar level as they influence several factors such as hormones, illness, or stress. Kidney-friendly diet and regular exercise may help protect your kidneys from the risk factors that can lead to kidney damage. A kidney-healthy diet is low in sodium and carbohydrates and includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Also, avoid taking too much over-the-counter painkillers and herbal supplements.”
Chronic kidney disease is serious, but it is manageable. With the right tools and the right support, you can take control of your emotional and physical health to live a full and satisfying life.
Further Dr Vijay Kumar Sinha Additional Director, Department of Nephrology & Kidney Transplant Jaypee Hospital (Noida) threw light on living well with dialysis. He said, “Dialysis saves lives, but there is no denying the fact that it also changes a patient’s life forever. It becomes an important part of their daily routine and takes a significant toll on mental and physical health – especially when they are adjusting to the initial stages of receiving dialysis treatment.
While living with dialysis is not easy, being able to acknowledge the challenges and taking a proactive, holistic approach to managing their personal wellbeing can help dialysis patients regain a sense of normalcy. Maintain the activities in life that bring you pleasure. Don’t let dialysis prevent you from doing things you love to do. As much as possible, keep up the hobbies and interests you had before dialysis, even if you have to adapt them somewhat to your dialysis schedule or health condition. If you can, continue working and socialize with friends. People who make a point to go on with life as usual, despite dialysis, tend to be happier and healthier. By taking back control over the wellbeing of their mind, body and soul, dialysis patients can ultimately live a more rewarding life.”
On 27th March 2022 (Sunday), Jaypee Hospital is organizing a free kidney disease OPD camp in the hospital itself from 11am to 2pm. The camp will offer free registration and consultation and 20% discount on health check, lab & radiology.