Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Women's kidney health the focus of this year's World Kidney Day

Kidney patient Georgina Kinney 62 undergoes dialysis four times a day as she waits for a kidney transplant
Anna Jefferson | 09 March, 2018, 22:20

The rest manage conservatively and some end up losing their lives.

With no specialist dialysis unit at St Richard's, people living in West Sussex have to travel to Bognor or further afield to other clinics for their treatment away from the home. Within two years, this number rose to 88.

"In women who have had a successful kidney transplant, fertility can be at least partly restored and chances of successful birth increase", said Dr Giorgina Piccoli of Italy's University of Torino and the Centre Hospitalier Le Mans, France. Dr. Sylvia Anie said. That's because women with serious CKD tend to live longer than men and it takes them longer to reach the critical stage of disease where a transplant is required. Dr. Massengill says roughly 30 million adults in the US suffer kidney disease. While there are more men than women on dialysis for reasons that "are not fully understood", data from different countries, including Canada, U.S. and the United Kingdom show that higher proportions of women live with advanced CKD. Around 195 million women suffer from CKD globally, and it results in the deaths of 600,000 women per year.

"Women have to face multiple socio-economic challenges that keep the concerns of their health secondary to men or family".

The campaign "ek chammach kam", aims to sensitise the population to take cognisance of the prevalence of kidney disease and make active lifestyle changes.

She now undergoes dialysis four times a day and has been waiting for a kidney transplant since 2004.

With women's health becoming a pressing matter around the world at large, a survey conducted by SRL diagnostics has revealed that chronic kidney disease in India is more common in women than in men. Also in the high-risk group are women who have a family history of pre-eclampsia, those who're delivering for the first time, and women who're carrying more than one baby as well as those who have a history of blood pressure or diabetes.

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"So, if treated during pregnancy, women still need to be monitored to be sure she is not developing hypertension or it is not persisting". In this respect, pregnancy may be also a valuable occasion for early diagnosis of CKD, thus allowing planning of therapeutic interventions. "Kidney disease may also worsen during pregnancy.This awareness needs to be spread among public". As fluid intake varies over time, it is essential the kidneys also maintain the body's appropriate electrolyte (sodium and potassium) and water balance.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) has a devastating impact on the patients worldwide, only a few are aware of their disease.

She said this will enhance planned therapeutic interventions.

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. We should collectively intensify advocacy for increasing awareness, education and empowerment for women and girls.

Often called the "silent" disease, kidney disease has virtually no symptoms in its early stages.

-Max Reid is the chief executive of Kidney Health NZ.


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