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PIA Press Release
2009/02/05

Kidney disease top killer in Negros Oriental

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City (5 February) -- Kidney disease rank as the number 6th killer disease in Negros Oriental over the Philippine's record as the 10th leading cause of death. This was cited by the Center for Health and Development, Region 7 during an inter-agency training on renal disease control program (REDCOP) of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) last week.

The inter-agency advocacy program on REDCOP is designed to promote and educate the preventive measures to avoid becoming afflicted by kidney-related diseases and for the participants to commit and actively support the program.

According to Dr. Remedios de Belen-Uriarte, NKTI-Redcop program manager said kidney disease situation is quite alarming as at least one Filipino per hour is entering an End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

The leading cause now of ESRD is complications in the kidney from diabetes mellitus, followed by glomerulonephritis (GN) and kidney disorders from hypertension which usually leads to kidney failure.

Dr. Uriarte warned, this kidney disease is asymptomatic, meaning people who have it in the early stage don't feel something wrong with their system, though kidney ailment can be detected when the color of the urine is "blackish or brownish."

She said patients with ESRD can be treated only by dialysis and transplantation, which are very costly.

Dialysis, usually done three times a week, alone costs around P3,000- P5,000 per session, while transplantation reportedly ranges from P500,000 and above.

With this, the NKTI has focused its efforts in the prevention of renal diseases through educational and massive information campaign.

Aside from strict blood pressure monitoring, glycemic control and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, the NKTI advices the public to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet, maintain an ideal body weight, avoid smoking, avoid taking medicines or herbal supplements without a doctor's advice, consult a doctor immediately if experiencing symptoms of a kidney problem, increase fluid intake from 8 to 10 glasses of water daily and consume less salt and to have an annual physical check up especially those with hypertension or diabetes or with a family history of renal failure. (PIA/jct) [top]

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