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World Kidney Day observed in SKIMS Srinagar

Doctors say hypertension, diabetes are kidneys’ principal enemies


Srinagar, Mar 08 (KNS): On the eve of world kidney day, the doctors raised concern over the rapid increase in kidney ailments caused principally by hypertension and diabetes.
The world kidney day is observed on March 8 every year. This year’s theme, given by ISN and IFKF, is ‘Kidneys and Women’s Health’.
The theme has been chosen in view of the fact that kidney diseases are currently the 8th leading cause of deaths in women, killing 6,00,000 of them every year.
It has also been found that Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), a worldwide phenomenon, affects approximately 195 million women worldwide.
The risk of developing CKD is at least as high in women as in men, and may even be higher.
According to some studies, CKD is more likely to develop in women compared to men, with an average 14% prevalence in women and 12% in men
However, the number of women on dialysis is lower than men.
Dr Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, Head of the Department (HoD) of Nephrology, at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), said kidney diseases have been increasing due to the changes in lifestyle.
Terming hypertension and diabetes as major reasons for kidney diseases, he stressed on the timely treatment of these ailments.
“If the reading exceeds normal range, medication should be started. Adequate water should be taken to avoid kidney diseases. Self-medication can also lead to kidney diseases,” he said.
Dr Baldev Singh, former HoD Urology at SKIMS, said that in his tenure, he found 60% of patients suffering from kidney diseases were from Kupwara and Bandipora. (KNS)