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Let’s talk about the kidney concern among women

We all have talked enough about women this Women's Day and had enough dose of Nari Shakti (strength of women). Let us now move further in the same direction by talking about keeping our women strong and by caring about the maintenance of the strength of women too.

World Kidney Day is observed every year on 9th of March by the world kidney organization. Specifically this year, world kidney day is celebrated with a women-centric theme that is “Kidney’s and Women Health: Include, Value, Empower”. The reason that women are so important to the universe when looked upon with the fact that close to 195 million women across the globe are victims of Chronic Kidney Diseases. Studies have pointed out that kidney problems stand for the 8th biggest reason of death among women. Approximately 600 thousand women die of some kidney disease every year in the world. Yes, the risk is quite high to care about the kidney health of women along with the care and concern showed for them at the international women’s day.

First of all, it needs to be cleared that kidney diseases are men-centric issues as the risk of getting affected by a kidney disease is no less than equal to that among men. Nevertheless, there are certain studies which claim the risk of getting a Chronic Kidney Diseases developed among women is higher than that in men. Some chronic kidney disease like lupus nephropathy (commonly called as kidney infection) is more likely to affect women than men.  

Somehow, the data of people on kidney dialysis reveal that more men and fewer women resort to such treatment. But that is believed to be an effect of socioeconomic differences between the two genders. And what I personally feel is that women are less caring about their own kidney health. Women are from the age group of those able to get pregnant and feed a child might face even worse outcomes of ignoring a kidney issue.

No doubt the risk is un-ignorable high. Here are four key kidney health advises for women to keep your kidney health maintained:

Ensure controlled weight, diabetes and blood pressure: blood pressure and blood sugar are two common diseases that harm your kidney a lot. Follow a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet to ensure your blood sugar and blood pressure and weight are well managed. Controlling the three is going to save you from many other health issues.

Quit alcohol and smoking as soon as possible: it is well known that alcohol and smoking if you are addicted to it and also if you take it even occasionally. The lifestyle things these days take us to parties and gatherings where drinks are served. But that is simply a fun going to cost your life.

Avoid non-prescribed medicines: Women often take painkillers for back pain or menstrual pain without consulting from a doctor. Most of these painkillers contain things which are filtered by kidney and cause problems like a kidney stone. These medicines should always be avoided as these might give you temporary relief but long-term health issues.

Annual proactive kidney check-up: As women, you may be busy in managing the due responsibilities of family and work but the most important advice for you to prevent a chronic kidney disease is to proactively go for an annual kidney check-up. It might take a few precious moments of life but can gift you a risk-free healthy life. You may be tested for urine in which albumin is tested or tested for creatinine with a blood sample.

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