Hypertension, diabetes are kidneys’ principal enemies: Doctors

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Srinagar—On the eve of world kidney day, the doctors raised concern over the rapid increase in kidney ailments caused principal­ly by hypertension and diabetes.

The world kidney day is ob­served on March 8 every year. This year’s theme, given by ISN and IFKF, is ‘Kidneys and Wom­en’s Health’.

The theme has been chosen in view of the fact that kidney dis­eases are currently the 8th leading cause of deaths in women, killing 6,00,000 of them every year. It has also been found that Chronic Kid­ney Disease (CKD), a worldwide phenomenon, affects approximate­ly 195 million women worldwide.

The risk of developing CKD is at least as high in women as in men, and may even be higher. According to some studies, CKD is more likely to develop in women compared to men, with an average 14% preva­lence in women and 12% in men

However, the number of wom­en on dialysis is lower than men.

Dr Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, Head of the Department (HoD) of Nephrology, at SK Institute of Med­ical Sciences (SKIMS), said kidney diseases have been increasing due to the changes in lifestyle.

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