Celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March, World Kidney Day (WKD) is the global campaign that aims at increasing awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health and reduce the impact of kidney disease and its associated problems worldwide.
On 9th March 2017 World Kidney Day (WKD) will be celebrated by millions of people around the world. This year’s focus is Kidney Disease & Obesity – Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys!
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable and causes the patient to need lifelong care. As the incidence of kidney disease escalates, World Kidney Day plays a crucial role in educating the public, the medical community and governments and encouraging prevention and early detection of kidney disease.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR HEALTHY KIDNEYS
Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. In 2014, worldwide over 600 million adults were obese. Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney disease. Obesity 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). The good news is that obesity, as well as CKD, is largely preventable. This year World Kidney Day promotes education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease.
• 10% of the global population is affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
• Globally, 2.6 million patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) received dialysis in 2010. This number is projected to almost double to 5.4 million by 2030.
• 600 million people in the world are affected by obesity, 220 million of which are school- aged children.
• Individuals affected by obesity have an 83% increased risk of CKD, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.
• Obesity is a well-established risk factor for developing major precursors to CKD and ESRD, such as diabetes, hypertension and kidney stones.
• Strategies to reduce excess weight and prevent the development of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, will reduce the risk of kidney disease.
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