Kidney and Urologic Diseases

Causes of Renal Disorders and Steps to Avoid it

Written by Dr. Manik and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 
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The incidence of renal disorders has been increasing rapidly over the past few decades, leading to an enormous burden on the limited health care resources available in most countries.

Various causes have led to this manifold rise in the number of people suffering from kidney diseases of which the major ones include:

  • Increased incidence of diabetes.
  • Increased incidence of hypertension.
  • Increase in the number of obese population.
  • Increased surveillance.
  • Better access to health care resources.

Diabetes, i.e., uncontrolled increase in blood sugar levels and hypertension, i.e., uncontrolled increase in the blood pressure are one of the most important causes of renal disorders, especially chronic kidney disease. Recent research has undoubtedly proven the relation of obesity not only with increased risk of developing diabetes and hypertension but also an increased risk of developing renal dysfunction.

Better availability of healthcare resources both to patients and doctors has also led to better surveillance and increased detection of renal disorders, which is a good sign pointing towards an efficient healthcare system.

Steps to Decrease the Rapidly Growing Incidence of Renal Disorders:

  • Educate all people suffering from diabetes and hypertension.
  • All patients should keep charts noting their B.P and blood sugar readings.
  • Blood sugar and blood pressure need to be under strict control with or without medications.
  • It is essentially important to keep both these parameters within normal limits, as to avoid the development of chronic kidney disease.
  • All such people should get their renal function tests done at regular intervals and be in touch with a kidney disease specialist doctor (Nephrologists) along with their primary physicians.
  • This will help in early detection and control of the renal disease.

Lifestyle Modifications in Preventing Renal Disorders:

  • Eating a healthy diet, avoiding extra salt, sugar or excessive fats, especially saturated fat like butter and ghee. Also, avoid red meat.
  • Regular exercises like morning or evening walk or playing an outdoor game. This help not only in keeping the body healthy but also the mind healthy and relaxed.
  • Avoidance of alcohol and quitting tobacco usage in any form.

All these measures combined will take us a long way ahead in our endeavor to decrease the incidence of renal diseases and build a healthy kidney world.

Last reviewed at: 09.Jan.2019

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