Obesity has been defined by the World Health Organisation(WHO) as, "abnormal or excessive accumulation of body fats that can impair health" and the involvement of this condition with the potential to cause kidney disease,was the central theme of "WORLD KIDNEY DAY-2017". Marked on the 9th or 10th of March every year by many Organisations and spearheaded by the "International Society of Nephrology" alongside WHO, evolving evidence is said to show that,obese people are at more risk of suffering damage to their kidneys,thus impairment and consequent loss of important functions like : excretion of excess body waste and fluid via urination; erythropoietin (chemical) support in the production of red blood cells etc.
It's not a funny situation at all as patients have no other option but to opt for external assistance with these vital kidney functions. Obesity for one is a major risk factor for development of kidney damaging conditions like;Diabetes Mellitus (abnormal/excess body sugar) and Hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) amongst other conditions yet, over 600 million individuals are reported to be obese worldwide,medical Doctors and other health workers inclusive.
Some may ask, how do I know that I am obese? You can use the "BODY MASS INDEX CALCULATOR" on this Blog located in the side bar to the right to calculate what is referred to as your "BODY MASS INDEX(BMI)"- a measure of your current weight factored against your height. Normal BMI is 25kg/m² but after calculation, if you get 30kg/m² and above then you are obese and you need to either adjust your diet alongside increasing your activity via exercise or seek the help of professionals. If for nothing, it is important for us all to guard our kidneys,alongside other organs like: the brain,heart and liver with all diligence.If our kidneys have to remain healthy,then our lifestyles have to conform to healthy living practices. I had the opportunity to speak with a past President of the Nephrology Society of Nigeria,who also happens to be the foremost Transplant Nephrologist in West Africa if you ask me and he had very interesting knowledge to share about Kidney disease in Nigeria. Take a listen.
For more information on the recently past World Kidney Day 2017, visit the references below.
* WHO|WORLD KIDNEY DAY 2017
* WORLD KIDNEY DAY|KIDNEY DISEASE AND OBESITY