Fife women urged to know the score on World Kidney Day
Temby and Margaret
Women across Fife are being encouraged to stay ‘kidney aware’ on this year’s World Kidney Day (Thursday 8 March 2018).
Our kidneys play a vital role in our general health and filter around 180 litres of blood each day getting rid of excess water and toxins from our bodies. Kidneys regulate blood pressure, keep our bones strong and help in the production of important red blood cells.
Across the UK, Chronic Kidney Disease affects more than three million people of all age groups and gender. Temby Chigaru is a Renal Clinical Educator at the Victoria Hospital, Fife, she said: “As 2018 World Kidney Day has a focus on female kidney health we encourage women to be more proactive about their general wellbeing and their kidney health in particular. Over the last forty years we have come on leaps and bounds in terms of early detection and intervention and we now know there are things we can do to avoid kidney damage – even simple steps like drinking more water or reducing your salt intake.”
The risk of kidney disease can be reduced by small changes to behaviour and lifestyle including:
- Monitoring blood pressure– high blood pressure accelerates kidney damage.
- Keeping fit and active– reduces blood pressure.
- Not smoking– smoking slows blood flow to the kidneys.
- Eating healthily and keeping your weight in check– helping prevent diabetes and heart disease.
- Getting kidney function checked– especially if someone in your family has had kidney disease, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.
- Keeping well hydrated– helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins.
There will be stall at the main entrance to VHK Phase 3 today with further information.
World Kidney Day takes place on Thursday 8th March 2018. For more information please visit www.worldkidneyday.co.uk