Move your feet for World Kidney Day

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Detect Kidney problems in children to prevent damage in adulthood
wkdInternational Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) are jointly observing World Kidney Day (WKD) on March 10. Theme for this year’s WKD is `Kidney Disease and Children’ and it intends to remind us to think about kidney problems from an early age.

International society of Nephrology informed that almost 10 percent of the population worldwide is having some form of kidney damage and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is predicted to increase by 17 percent over the next decade and is now recognized by WHO and other organizations as a global public health issue.

Kidney diseases affect millions of people worldwide, including many children. Some children are born with kidney disease and others develop it while they are still young. The symptoms of kidney disease in children are often said to be nonspecific, which means that there is a risk that kidney problems may be missed in children.

The IFKF observed that childhood the leading causes of kidney failure in children are hereditary conditions, often lacking obvious indicators such as hematuria (red blood cells in the urine), hypertension (high blood pressure) or edema (swelling).

Kidney disease in an adult can be traced back to risk factors in childhood, which makes it crucial to encourage education, early detection and a healthy lifestyle in children. Timely education can help in treating Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and CKD and to treat children with inborn and acquired disorders of the kidney.

Julie Ingelfinger, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Senior Consultant in Pediatric Nephrology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, said, “It is important to be aware of and to detect pediatric kidney disease, which can be treated. Further, because much of adult kidney disease has its roots in childhood, it is critical to focus on infancy and childhood if we are to prevent and cure kidney diseases.
The WKD is asking civil society, decision-makers, health ministries, professionals as well as patients to move their feet for healthy kidneys, as regular exercise and physical activity help to reduce the risk of kidney disease. In 2015, the WKD campaigns had reported 560 events in more than 90 countries, which saw 50 million people talking about WKD through the campaign hashtag #worldkidneyday.
World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (www.theisn.org) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations ( www.ifkf.org). The International Society of Nephrology is a global not-for-profit society dedicated to improving kidney care and reducing the incidence and impact of kidney disease worldwide.
The International Federation of Kidney Foundations is also a not-for-profit federation which has a membership of 63 kidney foundations and patient groups in 41 countries.