Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Kidneys are one of the most vital organs of the body. The function is remove toxins and excess fluid from the blood through urine.
Kidney failure can affect anyone, including young people. This disease often comes on silently, causing no obvious symptoms until kidney function is impaired. During the early stages, about 9 out of 10 people are unaware that they have chronic kidney disease.
If kidney disease is detected early and treated properly, serious problems can be avoided. However, once kidney failure is severe, the patient may have to undergo a kidney transplant.
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There are three main causes that can increase the risk of chronic kidney failure, namely high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Meanwhile, smoking, obesity, and frequent use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, worsen kidney function over time.
“Nearly 40% of all cases of chronic kidney disease are due to uncontrolled diabetes; another 10-15% are due to uncontrolled hypertension,” said Dr Vijay Kher, chair of the Fortis Escorts Kidney and Urology Institute, quoted by the Hindustan Times, Wednesday ( 10/8/2022).
When life gets busier, many people are lazy to move and are more prone to stress. As a result, cases of hypertension and high blood pressure increase and this can be harmful to the kidneys.
Even untreated urinary tract infections (UTIs) or kidney stones can lead to early kidney failure.
Most people can prevent kidney disease by following healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating a low-sodium diet, exercising lightly, not smoking, and minimizing alcohol intake. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease, have your kidneys checked once a year.