World Kidney Day 2015
WHAT IS WORLD KIDNEY DAY?
World Kidney Day (WKD) 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 worldwide. World Kidney Day is observed annually on the 2nd Thursday in March.
SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY FAILURE:
Symptoms of reduced kidney function may include:
- Change in frequency and quantity of urine passed, especially at night
- high blood pressure
- changes in the appearance of urine
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- blood in the urine
- pain in the kidney area
- loss of appetite
- difficulty in sleeping
- lack of concentration
- shortness of breath
- Persistent itching
- nausea and vomiting
- bad breath and a metallic taste in the mouth
PREVENTION OF KIDNEY FAILURE:
- Eat a diet low in fat and salt
- Maintain a health fluid intake and stay hydrated
- Stay physically active
- Maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- Have regular check-ups with your doctor
- Avoid tobacco
- Limit alcohol
- Limit red meat
- Give up processed foods
- Reduce sodium intake
- Reduce sugar intake
FACTS ABOUT KIDNEYS
- Each kidney weighs approximately 4 to 6 ounces.
- The kidneys have a higher blood flow than even the brain, liver or heart.
- The kidneys of a newborn baby are about 3X larger in proportion to body weight as in the adult.
- An excess of milk or antacids may cause kidney stones.
- The kidneys reabsorb and redistribute 99% of the blood volume and only 0.1% of the blood filtered becomes urine.
- Every day, our kidneys filter about 50 gallons of blood through their 140 miles of tubes.
- Our total blood supply is filtered by the kidneys about once every five minutes.
- Refined carbohydrates and sugar help the body make kidney stones.
- The volume of urine excreted daily varies from 1000 to 2000 ml (averaging 1500 ml). 1000 ml (millilitres) = 1 litre.
THEME FOR 2015 KIDNEY DAY
World Kidney Day started in 2006 and every year, the campaign highlights a particular theme.
Kidney day theme for 2015 is “Kidney Health for All”
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES TO YOUR LIFESTYLE.