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Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney diseases

Rawalpindi: In accordance with World Kidney Day 2017, an awareness seminar organized by Pakistan Kidney Patients Association (PKPA) in Rawalpindi .In the seminar the health experts highlighted the causes of kidney diseases & stressed the ways of prevention .

Speaking on this occasion the renowned health expert Dr.Brig.(r). Mohammad Sadiq said, “Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney diseases. It increases the risk of developing major risk factors of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), like diabetes and hypertension, and it has a direct impact on the development of CKD and end stage renal disease (ESRD).”

He maintained that kidney disease is more likely to develop in obese people including those with diabetes and hypertension. By 2025, obesity will affect 18% of men and over 21% of women worldwide, and that severe obesity will affect 6% of all men and 9% of all women around the world. In some nations, obesity is already present in more than one-third of the adult population and contributes significantly to overall poor health and high annual medical costs.

He said that the number of kidney patients in Pakistan is rising at an alarming rate and diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes of end stage renal failure. Sadly, both conditions are widely overlooked in Pakistan. Approximately, 60 percent of patients requiring long term hem dialysis have lost their kidneys due to either diabetes or high blood pressure, he said.

The Pakistan Kidney Patients Association (PKPA) chairman General (r). Sarfraz Iqbal told that PKPA is a non profitable charity organization which provides free dialysis, lab test and treatment to the poor kidney patients. Over 50 to 60 patients get the treatment of dialysis daily. PKPA is purely being run on donations.

Col (r) Yunus Bhatti , secretary general of the association briefed comprehensively about the kidney problem including its symptoms and dangers.Chief Administrative Officer of KPKA Dialysis Centre Mushtaq Qureshi briefed about the annual performance of cenetr and told that in year 2016 total 12400 patients free dialysis were completed and other 4500 patients were treated in OPD as well .

Addressing the seminar Sq. Leader (r) Ghulam Abbas told that kidney problem is not detected and felt unless 75 per cent kidney is damaged. He said that the patients suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure should consult a doctor to have a kidney test once or twice in a year. He informed that in European countries, blood and kidney tests are conducted twice a year. He said that due to mental stress, worries and obesity problem in kidney occurs and the ailment starts.

The treatment of kidney disease is very expensive including its transplant before and after operation. A common man or a middle class segment could not bear the expenses of treatment of kidney. Sensing the gravity of the situation PKPA established a Dialysis and Kidney in Center.He also told that KPKA is planning to establish a new centre in Rawat containing 100 dialysis machines .

Col (r) Yunus Bhatti sec.general KPKA said that creating awareness about diseases among the people is essential so that they should get medical checkup on regular basis. He said that timely diagnoses and early treatment can help in controlling diseases. He said that people must control blood pressure and diabetes for protecting themselves from kidney diseases.

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