world kidney day

There has been a concern about the increased cases of non-communicable diseases, especially in Africa. Ages ago, our great-grandparents were faced more with infectious diseases, the likes of cholera, typhoid, and so forth.Over time, this has tremendously shifted; by its very nature, we are faced with problems in trying to conquer the big three: hypertension, diabetes, and organ disease as a result of the first two.

Our kidneys exist in pairs, each just below the rib cage, when we stand akimbo, palms abducted, we touch the posterior aspects of our kidneys. When at optimum, they work at 100%; by the time a doctor recommends a replacement therapy, you shall have hit below 15%.

Our bodies were made to work more like an orchestrated orchestra. Each plays its part harmoniously; each organ has its functioning clearly defined and remains dependent on the other.The failing Liver over time will affect the Kidneys. Sometimes, it feels like ‘Livers and Kidneys’ are ‘distant cousins.’ Failing kidneys over time will affect other organs, too. Most kidney functions can be easily replaced by dialysis-hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis before one settles on Transplantation.

Blood pressure and blood level control remain to be entirely augmented along with dialysis procedures. At 15% function, can one pass urine? This shows us that the issue is more of concentration deficiency as an isolated microscopic function; your doctor will still recommend dialysis.

By by Yegah E. Nyakiamo – Renal Department.

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