A Department of Health report shows that one person dies every hour from kidney failure. More than 7,000 cases of kidney failure are recorded every year in the country. Out of 1 million Filipinos, 120 of them are most likely to develop kidney failure. Kidney failure is the 9th leading cause of death among Filipinos today.
Kidney performs vital life-maintaining functions such as monitoring and regulating body fluids. They secrete fluids when the body has an excess of them and retain the substances necessary for the body’s continuing function. To keep the body healthy, the kidneys produce and release a variety of chemicals to filter the entire blood supply every 2 minutes, excreting waste materials through the urine.
Signs and symptoms of kidney disease may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Changes in how much you urinate
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Swelling of feet and ankles
Signs and symptoms of kidney disease are often nonspecific, may not appear until irreversible damage to the kidneys has occurred.
General ways of protecting your kidneys
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain ideal body weight
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid taking medications or herbal supplements without the advice of a physician
- Consult a doctor right away if you experience symptoms
- Drink lots of water and avoid excessive salt
- Have annual physical check-up especially if there is a family history of hypertension, diabetes or renal failure.
Source: WebMD, Mayo Clinic, NKTI and DOH
Providence Hospital’s Kidney Center serves the needs of patients with kidney disease, whether undergoing dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant.
For more information about kidney disease and their services offered you may call Hemodialysis Unit at 558-6999 ext. 741 or Kidney Transplant Unit at 558-6999 ext. 468, 621, 623, 625