Obesity and chronic kidney disease
Obesity increases the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and it has a direct impact on the development of end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa, with up to 70% of women and a third of men being classified as overweight or obese.
“Obesity has become a national epidemic and it has severe consequences on your health, particularly your kidneys,” says Dr Riyas Fadal, Life Healthcare Group Clinical Products Manager.
“With healthy food choices and an increase in physical activity, you’ll notice a range of improvements in your body and this will greatly benefit your kidneys.”
How excess weight affects the kidneys
When a person is obese, the kidneys have to work harder to filter more blood than normal to meet the demands of the body weight. This is known as hyperfiltration.
The increased strain can damage the kidney and raise the risk of developing CKD in the long-term.
The good news
Fortunately, reducing obesity may reverse or slow CKD progression.
Life Renal Dialysis, part of the Life Healthcare Group, encourages education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, early detection and a healthy lifestyle to increase awareness and prevention of kidney disease.
“While we have the privilege of being able to manage and treat kidney disease with state of the art equipment, we still need to address prevention and early detection of kidney disease,” says Dr Fadal.
“It’s important to have routine checks with your GP to ensure that kidney care is optimised. We also encourage not smoking, keeping fit, watching sugar intake, monitoring blood pressure, and eating a healthy and varied diet.”
Source: Life Healthcare Group
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