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Dr. Bhavesh Vora

Did you know that one in 10 Indians suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

That’s not all.

One in five Indians suffer from hypertension, which can lead to CKD. One in eight Indians and one in seven Indians suffer from diabetes and obesity, respectively, which are two other common causes of CKD.

Some of the symptoms of CKD include swelling in the face, dizziness, trouble concentrating, frequent urination or blood in urine, poor appetite, breathlessness, fatigue, unexplained anemia, skin rash, vomiting, and weight loss.

To keep CKD at bay, get your BP, blood sugar, and weight checked regularly. Also, opt for a urine examination or sonography every six months.

If you are at a risk for developing CKD, your blood pressure level should be 130/80 and BMI should be below 25. For diabetes patients, HbA1c should be below 7.0. Avoid pain killers, medicines with bhasmas, and radio contrast dyes as used in CT scan, IVP and angiography (unless it is life-saving). You should also quit smoking, and exercise regularly.

Most importantly, join our ‘Ek Chammach Kam’ campaign, which calls for reducing the intake of salt, oil, and sugar by at least 30%.