World Kidney Day 2021: Its beginning, progress and how people are living with it

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By Ruchika Jha

World Kidney Day is celebrated every second Thursday of March. This year, World Kidney Day is observed on 11th March 2021. World Kidney Day’s official website has released their press release in which they have spoken about this year’s campaign. The theme of World Kidney Day 2021 is “Living Well With Kidney Disease.”

World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). It was founded in 1960. The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a global not-for-profit society which is dedicated to improving kidney care and reducing the incidence and impact of kidney disease
worldwide. According to the Press Release of Embargo from worldkidneyday.org, 10% of the population worldwide is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). Over 2 million people worldwide receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant. According to a 2019 report from India Today, over 100,000 patients are diagnosed with End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) in India per year.

In today’s time, people have been made aware of the treatment that cures the disease. One needs to know how much to consume and what to consume. Following is the chart below showing the causes of Kidney Disease:

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Various Pharma and medical companies have come in support of World kidney day.

According to a tweet from the First Post, it has been seen that one out of 10 adults have chronic kidney diseases.

A post from Financial Express says that Turmeric is showing promising results regarding relief from kidney diseases.

It is really important to include some healthy foods in the diet so that no one faces the disease.

  1. Cauliflower – It contains Vitamin C and fiber, which keeps the kidneys healthy.
  2. Apple – Apple is a good source of pectin. It is a soluble fiber that helps reduce cholesterol and glucose levels.
  3. Spinach. – Spinach contains Vitamin A, C, K, Iron, and magnesium. Beta-carotene found in spinach can help increase immunity.
  4. Capsicum – Capsicum is a powerful source of antioxidants. Apart from this, there is also a lot of Vitamin C in it.
  5. Pineapple – Pineapple contains very less potassium and more fiber that can help in reducing kidney diseases.
  6. Java Plum/ Berries – Low amount of sodium is found in it due to which they help to keep kidneys and heart healthy

Other than these healthy food diets, the easiest way to keep the kidneys healthy is to have plenty of water every day. One must drink a maximum of 5-6 liters of water every day; especially in summers when the chance of dehydration is higher.