What Is Kidney Disease?
Kidneys act as a filter in our bodies by removing waste products and extra water from the body. They help
make red blood cells, help keep bones healthy and control blood pressure. In case of a disease, kidneys are
prevented from performing these important functions. Kidney damage may be due to a physical injury or a
disease like diabetes, high blood pressure, or other health problems.
If you have kidney disease, you may need to take medicines, limit salt and certain foods in your diet, get
regular exercise and more.
Finding and treating kidney disease early can help slow down the rate of or even stop kidney disease from
getting worse. Once kidney disease becomes severe it can lead to kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you
will need dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant to stay alive
“The worldwide rise in the number of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and consequent end-stage
renal failure necessitating renal replacement therapy is threatening to reach epidemic proportions over
the next decade, and only a small number of countries have robust economies able to meet the challenges
A. Meguid El Nahas, Aminu K. Bello says in an article
Even the countries where people could afford the treatment find it difficult to cope with the ever increasing
problem of patients with kidney problems. Hence, we feel that raising awareness and relevant information to
all will help contain the situation at its best. Thus, joining the noble cause, we aim to focus more on
Minorities which are found least aware of the causes and prevention during our informal discussions with
various ethnic groups.
As per NHS, Black and south Asian people are three to five times more likely to have kidney failure than
White people, but many are unaware of the condition. Diabetes and high blood pressure are deemed as the main
alleged culprits of renal failure along with other factors.
“Many Black and South Asian people know about the higher prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure
in their communities, but they don't realise the direct link between these conditions and kidney
"Kidney disease is also more likely to be progressive (worsen to the point of kidney failure) in some
Black and Asian groups."
"South Asian patients with diabetes are 10 times more likely to go on to have kidney failure than White
Caucasians with diabetes. So it's vital that diabetes and blood pressure in this group is
well-controlled to reduce the likelihood of complications such as kidney damage."
Kidney Research UK states