World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day 2018

World Kidney Day 2018 will be celebrated all over the world on 8th of March, (2nd Thursday in March).

World Kidney Day History

World Kidney Day is a global health campaign celebrated every year all across the world focusing the health and importance of the major body organ, kidneys to reduce the occurrence of kidney diseases as well as related health problems. It is commemorated worldwide on annual basis on the 2nd Thursday of March. It was started celebrating in the year 2006 by the 66 countries which were increased to become 88 countries in just 2 years.

The celebration was initiated by the joint committee of “International Society of Nephrology and International Federation of Kidney Foundations”. It is commemorated every year by the health organizations on global basis to raise awareness among common people that most of the kidney diseases are preventable and curable. Health organizations organize this campaign at many places to spread messages about kidney diseases, complications and its prevention and cure all across the countries.

Why World Kidney Day is Celebrated / Objectives of World Kidney Day

World kidney day is celebrated all over the world on second of Thursday in the month of March in order to raise the public awareness about the kidneys importance and its contributions to the overall health. It is celebrated to make the common public aware about the diseases and problems of the kidneys in order to reduce the occurrence of kidney diseases as well as all the associated health problems of the kidneys. Some of the objectives of celebrating the world kidney day are mentioned below:

How World Kidney Day is Celebrated

World Kidney Day is celebrated every year all across the world to gather millions of people at one place to raise the voice for the kidney health awareness. Variety of local, national or international level events are being organized for years by the kidney national associations, organizations, kidney health stakeholders, healthcare professionals, authorities and individuals to make a difference in the society for the kidney health.

Variety of physical activity events like walking, cycling, jogging, fitness, dancing and etc are organized to get together. Fact sheets and posters of the related event are distributed in the schools, community centers and other educational institutions, news publishing at the websites or web pages and promotion of the campaign motto through the blogs, forums, twitter or Facebook and other informational websites. Kidneys health related topics like importance of kidney, kidney diseases and problems, kidney transplantation and life-saving aspect of the kidney donation are discussed in the classrooms, job places or other public places.

At the big kidney health centers, students and researchers organize meetings to discuss their own research works, lecture on the chronic kidney diseases, prevention measures, renal transplants, dietary and treatment advice and etc. Public health announcements are takes place at various TV channels on both national and international level to make aware the common public about kidney donation, transplantation, early detection, prevention measures, treatment, lack of donor organs or use of deceased donor organs and so many topics.

National and international level kidney problems conferences are held to discuss about to get solution. Other topics which are discussed are kid’s renal diseases, chronic renal diseases of adults, peritoneal and hemodialysis, diet for the patients with renal diseases and etc. Free health checkups are organized such as screening of blood glucose level, creatinine level, urine test, blood pressure and etc by the courtesy of health minister for the general public.

How to Take Care of Your Kidneys

Before knowing the points of kidneys care, you must have to answer yourself of some questions like are you at risk, do you suffering from the high blood pressure, do you have diabetes, do you have an earlier family history of kidney disease, are you obese or overweight, do you have smoking habit, are you more than 50 years of age, are you belong of African, Aboriginal, Hispanic or Asian origin.

If your answers are yes to any of the question, you must meet your health practitioner or doctor to get the right solution as some early chronic kidney diseases never show any signs or symptoms. If you are really health conscious then meet your doctor to avoid any type of delay in the kidney failure as well as get the right treatment early at the right time. You would be surprised that a person with a simple kidney problem can lose up to 90% of his kidney functions without experiencing any signs or symptoms.


Follow the following 8 Golden Rules for Better Kidney Prevention

Any of the kidney disease attacks like a silent killer and affect the quality of life. Below are mentioned some easy steps to get prevented from the risk of developing kidney problems:

  1. Help your kidneys by keeping yourself fit and active as exercises helps in reducing blood pressure and thus reduces the risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease. This event celebration motivates people for daily walking, running and cycling exercises.
  2. Help your kidneys by maintaining and controlling the normal the blood sugar level as high blood sugar level lead to the diabetes and thus kidney damage. This event celebration motivates people with diabetes to get regular medications, tests and check up of their kidney functions.
  3. Make your kidneys healthy by regular monitoring of your blood pressure as high blood pressure lead to the heart attack or stroke thus causes kidney damage. The normal blood pressure level of any person is 120/80. This event celebration encourages people to adopt healthy lifestyle and dietary changes, discuss their problems with doctor, monitor blood pressure on regular basis and etc.
  4. Keep your kidneys healthy by eating healthy and maintaining normal weight as overweight and unhealthy eating habit lead to the diabetes, heart diseases and many other problems lead to the Chronic Kidney Disease. This event celebration motivates people about the dietary habits and weight control measures like reducing the salt intake (5-6 grams or 1 tsf of salt a day), limit the intake of processed or restaurant foods, daily physical exercises and etc.
  5. Keep your kidneys healthy by maintaining the normal fluid intake on daily basis (at least 3 to 4 litres a day) as it helps the kidneys to filters out sodium, urea and other body toxins from body which may lead to the risk of developing chronic kidney diseases. World kidney day celebration on global basis encourages the people about proper fluid intake.
  6. Keep your kidneys healthy and fit by avoiding smoking or getting in contact with other smoking person as it slows down the blood flow to the kidneys which lessens their ability to function well as well as enhances the risk of kidney cancer by 50%. This event celebration promotes the people to keep their kidneys healthy by demonstrating the loss through smoking.
  7. Keep your kidneys healthy by avoiding the intake counter pills on regular basis as these are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen) which may lead to the kidney damage and various diseases. Such medications may cause arthritis or back pain and put your kidneys at risk.
  8. Keep your kidneys healthy by getting proper and regular check up of your kidney functions and developing of diabetes, hypertension, obese, family history of kidney disease and etc.

Symptoms of Kidney Problems

Most of the people never show symptoms until it gets advance however, some of the symptoms like swollen ankles and legs, fatigue, early tiredness, difficulty in concentration, low appetite, haematuria or occurrence of blood in urine, albuminoria or foamy urine or occurrence of albumin protein in urine and etc can be felt if noticed carefully. Some other symptoms of reduced kidney functions are:

Early Detection of Kidney Diseases

Most of the people ignore their common problem that’s why they remain undiagnosed in the early stages of kidney problems. World kidney day celebration is a way to call everyone on stage at one place in order to get checked early if developing or having any risk of kidney disease. This event celebration brings people together and encourages them about the simple kidney function tests to get diagnosed of any risk factors which may lead to kidney problems.

Never let your kidney problems to destroy your precious kidney functions as it progresses very silently without any symptoms. The early detection of kidney problem is very necessary to get the suitable treatment to prevent your kidney damage, deterioration and complications. Through this event celebration, simple laboratory tests of kidney are carried out by taking small samples of blood in order to measure the values of creatinine, albumin excretion and estimate the GFR (glomerular filtration rate).

The availability of Serum Creatinine level in the blood, albumin in urine and blood sugar level measures the overall kidney health and its functions or Glomerular Filtration Rate. Creatinine, a waste product comes from the muscle activity, is generally getting removed from blood through the normal kidney functions, when its level rises in blood it denotes the slowness in kidney function. Normal GFR is 100 ml/min, but when it falls below 60 ml/min it indicates some serious kidney problems and immediate need to meet your kidney specialist. The presence of albumin in urine indicates the risk of GFR problem and premature heart attacks or strokes.

World Kidney Day Themes

World Kidney Day event was started celebrating in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since. The every year campaign of celebration highlights a particular theme:

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