Obese people are at high risk of CKD

Namrata Devikar
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

On World Kidney Day, which is celebrated worldwide on March 8, Doctors from the city suggest measures to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment for CKD. With International Women’s Day around the corner, this year’s awareness campaign for World Kidney Day is with the theme ‘Kidneys and Women’s Health,’ which is the need of the hour.

Pune: While 24.8 per cent women and 13.8 per cent men are associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD), obese people are at 83 per cent increased risk of the condition.

On World Kidney Day, which is celebrated worldwide on March 8, Doctors from the city suggest measures to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment for CKD. With International Women’s Day around the corner, this year’s awareness campaign for World Kidney Day is with the theme ‘Kidneys and Women’s Health,’ which is the need of the hour.

Speaking about the ‘Kidneys and Women’s Health’, Dr Shriniwas Ambike, another city-based nephrologist, said that women’s perspective towards their health should change.

“As a part of the society, many women feel that they are secondary and, hence, they put their health on the backseat. But now, it is important that they start paying more attention to their health. Basic lifestyle should not be sedentary and more focus on appropriate exercise is important,” said Ambike. Globally, the disease is considered as the 8th leading cause of death in women. 

An estimated 19.5 crore women being affected by the disease, causing around 6 lakh deaths each year. Studies also suggest that women have a CKD prevalence of 14 per cent as against 12 per cent in men.

Another city-based consultant nephrologist Dr Ganesh Mhetras, from Columbia Asia Hospital, Pune, said that the connection of obesity with diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, which are the major risk factors for chronic kidney disease, is well known.

“However, obesity is now also being associated with increased inflammation, increased hormonal sensitivity to blood pressure and metabolic abnormalities that have a direct impact on kidneys. It is interesting to note that 35 per cent of urban women in Pune are overweight or obese, which can translate into thousands of women being at risk of CKD in future. This is a grave cause for concern because although obesity can be managed, CKD has no cure. The disease is progressive and gradually leads to kidney failure,” said Mhetras.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Suresh Patankar, a city-based nephrologist, said that eating on time and consuming healthy food along with exercise is needed.

“However, that is not all. It is important to have a stress free life as well and for that taking care of your mental health is important. We are often stressed with work and family and duly neglect our mental peace. If we want to lead a healthy life, keeping our mind at peace is important,” said Patankar.

Alarming situation
 In a span of 10 to 15 years, deaths due to kidney failure, an advanced-stage outcome of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), has doubled in India, with an estimated 1.3 lakh deaths in the age group of 15 to 69 years recorded in 2015. 
 The prevalence of the disease is growing due to increased prevalence of major risk factors such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, creating significant stress on the healthcare system in India.

‘Kidneys and Women’s Health’
     With the International Women’s Day around the corner, this year’s awareness campaign for World Kidney Day is with the theme ‘Kidneys and Women’s Health,’ which is the need of the hour.
     Globally, the disease is considered as the 8th leading cause of death in women, with an estimated 19.5 crore women being affected by the disease, causing around 6 lakh deaths each year.
     Studies also suggest that women have a CKD prevalence of 14 per cent as against 12 per cent in men.

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