World Kidney Day

Wednesday, 09 March 2022

 

Celebrate World Kidney Day and Show your Kidneys some love!

 

On March 10, 2022, we invite everyone to celebrate World Kidney Day and advance of kidney health education. Therefore, the #showyourkidneys is a token to remind World Kidney Day supporters of the primary function of their kidneys and their location in their bodies.

What can you do for your kidneys?

Kidney diseases are silent killers, which can largely affect your quality of life. There are several ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease.

Keep fit, Be active

This can help to maintain an ideal body weight, reduce your blood pressure and the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease.

The concept “On the move for kidney health” is a worldwide collective march involving the public, celebrities and professionals moving across a public area by walking, running and cycling. Why not join them – by whatever means you prefer! Check out the events section of the WKD website for more information.

Eat a healthy diet

This can help to maintain an ideal body weight, reduce your blood pressure, prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with Chronic Kidney Disease.

Reduce your salt intake. The recommended sodium intake is 5-6 grams of salt per day. This includes the salt already in your foods. (around a teaspoon). To reduce your salt intake, try and limit the amount of processed and restaurant food and do not add salt to food. It will be easier to control your salt intake if you prepare the food yourself with fresh ingredients.

Check and control your blood sugar

About half of people who have diabetes do not know they have diabetes. Therefore, you need to check your blood sugar level as part of your general body checkup. This is especially important for those who are approaching middle age or older. About half of people who have diabetes develop kidney damage; but this can be prevented/ limited if the diabetes is well controlled. Check your kidney function regularly with blood and urine tests.

Check and control your blood pressure

About half of people who have high blood pressure do not know they have high blood pressure. Therefore, you need to check your blood pressure as part of your general body checkup. This is especially important for those who are approaching middle age or older. High blood pressure can damage your kidneys. This is especially likely when associated with other factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and Cardio-Vascular Diseases. The risk can be reduced with good control of blood pressure.

Normal adult blood pressure level is 120/80. Hypertension is diagnosed if, when measured on two different days, the systolic blood pressure readings on both days is ≥140 mmHg and/or the diastolic blood pressure readings on both days is ≥90 mmHg (WHO).

If your blood pressure is persistently elevated above the normal range (especially if you are a young person), you should consult your doctor to discuss the risks, the need for lifestyle modification and medication treatment.

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology revised the guidelines for high blood pressure (2017) and suggested that high blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and medication at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 mm Hg. However, not all health organizations around the world have adopted this recommendation. Best to consult your doctor.

Take appropriate fluid intake

The right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Normally this means 8 cups, approximately 2 liters (quarts) per day for a healthy person in a comfortable climate condition.

This needs to be adjusted when in severe climate condition. Your fluid intake may need to be adjusted if you have kidney or heart or liver disease. Consult your doctor on the appropriate fluid intake for your condition.

Don’t smoke

Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. When less blood reaches the kidneys, it can decrease their ability to function normally. Smoking also increases the risk of kidney cancer by about 50 per cent.

Don’t take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory/pain-killer pills regularly

Common drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS)/ pain-killer (e.g. drugs like ibuprofen) can harm the kidneys if taken regularly.

If you have kidney disease or decreased kidney function, taking just a few doses can do harm to your kidneys. If in doubt, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Get your kidney function checked if you have one or more of the ‘high risk’ factors

  • you have diabetes
  • you have hypertension
  • you are obese
  • you have a family history of kidney disease

 

How to participate in the # campaign

  • Take a picture of yourself from the back or front and use your fists to indicate the location of your kidneys in your body. Reminder: They are located at the bottom of the abdomen, below the rib cage. This may vary if you are transplanted or born with only one kidney. [Tip: use a solid color shirt that makes your fists pop on the photo].
  • Add a photo frame on top (optional) – you have plenty of choices for your frame with different visuals explaining the key roles of your kidneys. [Download photo frames here].
  • Share the photo it on your social media with the hashtag #ShowYourKidneys.
  • Be creative and get your family and friends involved!
  • Don’t limit yourself to one photo – your kidneys perform many useful functions in your body. Share the knowledge with your social media community!

If you need inspiration, here you can find some tweet ideas:

  • Your kidneys are amazing organs that perform many essential tasks to keep you healthy! #ShowYourKidneys
  • My #Kidneys are essential to my health; they remove toxins and excess water from your blood! #Showyourkidneys
  • My kidneys keep me healthy by helping me control my blood pressure! #ShowYourKidneys
  • Kidneys are powerful organs that play an important role in the production of red blood cells! #ShowYourKidneys
  • My bones stay healthy because of my kidneys! #ShowYourKidneys
  • Support #worldkidneyday with me, take a picture and #ShowYourKidneys!
  • Want to learn more about your kidney – participate in #WorldKidneyDay challenge and #ShowYourKidneys! (For organizations to promote their activity and the # campaign)

*Disclaimer: World Kidney Day is global awareness campaign that aims to increase awareness of kidneys and kidney disease. We do not give professional medical advice, or provide diagnosis or treatment. Please talk to a doctor or other professional healthcare provider to obtain the information you seek.