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World Kidney Day - Raising awareness for Chronic Kidney Disease

 
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Standing up for kidney health

On the 7th of March, Fresenius Medical Care Malaysia organised an awareness event to celebrate World Kidney Day (13th of March). The event aimed to highlight the prevalence, risks and preventive measures of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) to the public. By showing their dedication the team handed out free water bottles sharing the message of “Start the day with a glass of water” – the theme behind this year’s World Kidney Day initiative. 

The World Kidney Day organisation is a joint initiative by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). World Kidney Day’s mission aims to raise awareness of the important role our kidneys play to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

The main causes leading to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are diabetes and hypertension in all developed and many developing countries.1

According to the Malaysian Clinical Practice Guideline on Hypertension, nearly every second person over the age of 30 is suffering from hypertension in Malaysia and the number is increasing. 60.6 percent of hypertensive patients above the age of 30 are not aware of their disease as it is a so-called ‘silent disease'.2

This is why, to keep CKD at bay, it is important to conduct regular checks on blood pressure and free capillary plasma glucose in addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

This year, Fresenius Medical Care Malaysia held a kidney disease awareness event at Taman Aman, Paramount Lake Petaling Jaya, where staff encouraged the public to start the day by drinking a glass of water for kidney health. Employees engaged the public by educating them about the kidney’s functions, as well as risk factors, early detection and prevention of CKD. Specifically, patients with diabetes and hypertension should undergo a systematic screening for CKD. 

On the day of the event, Fresenius Medical Care staff members donned their “I LOVE MY KIDNEYS” badges while they took blood pressure measurements and capillary plasma glucose tests. Both tests indicated abnormal results; in 40% of the people measured for blood pressure, and at least 10% of the participants tested for glucose levels, the measurements were out-of the normal limits. These findings underline the growing need for additional awareness around risk factors of CKD.

To learn more about World Kidney Day, click here. 

References:

  1. Vivekanand Jha, et al. (2013). Chronic kidney disease: global dimension and perspectives. The Lancet, Vol. 382, Issue 9888, Pages 260-272. The Third National Health Morbidity Survey (NHMS III) Diabetes Group. Ministry of Health Malaysia 2006.
  2. Clinical Practice Guidelines. Management of Hypertension (4th Edition). Ministry of Health Malaysia 2013. ISBN 978-967-12406-0-1