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Chronic Kidney Disease on Increase — Expert

Chronic Kidney Disease on Increase — Expert

By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman

Dr Thomson Nduka, a Public Health Expert, has highlighted that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is on the rise in Nigeria and is often under-diagnosed.

He said up to 90% of Nigerians with CKD are unaware they have the disease until it reaches an advanced stage.

However, he noted that early diagnosis can help protect kidneys from further damage, allowing patients to continue to lead active lives.

Dr Nduka emphasised that early-stage kidney disease usually has no symptoms, making regular testing the best way to assess kidney function.

He recommended that people at higher risk of CKD, such as those over 60 or with conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, speak with their doctor about getting tested.

Dr Nduka also highlighted the importance of World Kidney Day, which falls on March 9 and has a theme this year of “Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable”.

He noted that non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and kidney disease are the leading causes of death globally, and that people with these conditions are especially vulnerable in times of disaster, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Nduka advised Nigerians to take care of their kidneys by adopting kidney-friendly habits, including good hydration, regular kidney function tests, and avoiding excessive consumption of salt and medications.

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