Excessive intake of alternative drugs, salt and food seasonings can lead to chronic kidney disease in both men and women, Longjohn Adonye, a nephrologist has advised.
Adonye gave the advice in an interview with NAN on the 2018 commemoration of the World Kidney Day, celebrated annually every March 8.
He said most of the alternative drugs do not have appropriate prescription, which he said, made people to consume them inappropriate way.
“Kidney disease is a big problem, regardless of gender, and is also very difficult to manage, which is the eighth leading cause of death in women,” said Adonye, senior registrar, department of nephrology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi- Araba.
“This is the main reason we encourage people to always maintain a healthy lifestyle by jogging, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and reducing intake of salt and seasonings.
“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the prevalence of kidney diseases in Nigeria is 11 percent, which means one person out of nine people, has a chance of getting kidney problem.
“The main focus on women this year is because women are prone to chronic kidney disease. They easily get infected during childbirth which may affect their kidneys.
“The major risk factors for kidney diseases are hypertension, chronic infection, diabetes, obesity, among others.”
He said women with chronic kidney disease are at increased risk of negative outcomes for the mother and the baby because it could lead to hypertensive disorders and preterm births.
“There should be an awareness, timely diagnosis and proper follow up of chronic kidney disease in pregnancy,” Adonye said.
“Chronic kidney disease can be prevented by going for regular checkup and screening, especially women.”
He called on the federal ministry of health to increase access to healthcare and health insurance which would help to improve the awareness of kidney problems in the country.
Adonye also advised people to always drink plenty of water, because it helps the kidney to function properly.