Friday, June 29, 2012

Get a urinalysis to prevent kidney diseases, says NKTI



 By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI), through its Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP), is urging the public to have a regular urine examination to prevent kidney diseases. 

This call was sounded by Dr. Susan L. Jorge, assistant program manager of the REDCOP, during the lay forum on renal health and disease prevention held, June 20, here.

She said one discovers that one's kidney is damaged when almost 90 percent of the organ is already diseased.

Urinalysis is the simplest diagnostic procedure that can help your doctor decide whether there is a problem regarding the kidney, she emphasized; it is the best step in preventing renal diseases.

During the forum, Jorge also underscored the significant functions of the kidneys and the importance of taking care of them, stating that anyone at any age can have kidney diseases.

According to her, the kidney is one of the most vital parts of body because it does not only excrete waste products, it also maintains bone health, controls blood pressure, maintains an acid-base balance, and produces hormones that are needed by the body.

Participated in by more than 500 participants from various sectors, the lay forum was a collaborative undertaking of the NKTI-REDCOP, Department of Health, and the Philippine Information Agency to raise awareness about renal health and diseases.

It was one of the activities slated this month in observance of this year’s National Kidney Month with a theme, "Ikaw at AKo, Panalo sa Malusog na Bato.”

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