World Kidney Day: Kidney disease and obesity (2017)
World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys
Mark the day and join us in raising awareness!
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. It can affect people of all ages and races. Early CKD often has no sign or symptoms – a person can lose up to 90% of his/her kidney function before experiencing any signs.
World Kidney Day promotes education, prevention and early detection of CKD and this year the campaign puts the accent on a rarely acknowledged but very important risk factor for new-onset CKD: OBESITY.
Worldwide over 600 million adults are obese. Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney disease. It increases the risk of developing major risk factors of 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. Education and awareness of the risks of obesity and a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise, can dramatically help in preventing obesity and kidney disease.