We don’t no­tice this silent killer un­til it’s too late

New Straits Times - - Opinion -

KID­NEY dis­ease is a silent killer.

Most of the symp­toms are not ap­par­ent un­til the kid­neys lose their func­tions. The end stage of the re­nal dis­ease re­quires dial­y­sis or trans­plant. There­fore, early de­tec­tion is vi­tal.

Mea­sures to pre­vent kid­ney dis­ease in­clude ex­er­cis­ing daily, lim­it­ing salt in­take and keep­ing blood pres­sure in check.

On March 9, the World Kid­ney Day was ob­served to cre­ate aware­ness about kid­ney dis­ease and its associated prob­lems. How­ever, sadly, there was not much hype about it.

In the past 10 years, there has been a 100 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of dial­y­sis pa­tients who suf­fer chronic kid­ney dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to the 22nd Re­port of the Malaysian Dial­y­sis and Trans­plant Regis­ter (2014).

In the last four years, more than 6,000 new pa­tients re­quired dial­y­sis each year in Malaysia. Chronic kid­ney dis­ease is the loss of kid­ney func­tions due to di­a­betes and high-blood pres­sure.

At the end of 2015, nearly 40,000 Malaysians re­quired dial­y­sis, of whom 90 per cent needed haemodial­y­sis at least three times a week.

It is time to take bet­ter care of our health.

LIONEL PER­ERA

Port Dick­son, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan

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