University of Ibadan Student Union Government (SUG) sensitizes the fresher’s on the need to ensure healthy life style in other to safe guard their kidney.

Speaking with one of eDoika correspondents, Dr. Akinmorin Adetunji;  a senior lecturer in faculty of science, department of biochemistry, said obesity remains the number one preventable risk factor for chronic kidney disease because obesity largely mediates diabetes and hypertension.

“Obesity is a growing worldwide epidemic. It is also one of the strongest risk factors for new-onset chronic kidney disease, and also for nephrolithiasis and for kidney cancer. He further educates the students on the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that can make preventive behaviors an affordable option.” He added

In addition, he emphasizes that Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney disease.  It increases the risk of developing major risk factors of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), like diabetes and hypertension, and it has a direct impact on the development of CKD and end stage renal disease (ESRD): in individuals affected by obesity, the kidneys have to work harder, filtering more blood than normal (hyper-filtration) to meet the metabolic demands of the increased body weight. The increase in function can damage the kidney and raise the risk of developing CKD in the long-term.

He noted that not all kidney damage is caused by diabetes. Other diseases can be involved. If your kidney disease is caused by diabetes, it is called diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Your doctor may ask you to have a kidney biopsy. This can help your doctor find the basic cause of your kidney failure.

According to Dr. Akinmorin Adetunji said, the fresh student could help save their kidneys with a simple urine test. Ask your doctor about Albumin Creatinine Ratio (ACR) which estimates the amount of a type of protein, albumin, that is in your urine.

He advised the students to help their kidney adopt a healthy life style by cutting down on cigarette smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, exercising regularly and regular check-up so as to enjoy a life free of diseases on campus.

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