Thursday, September 16

Ten tips from nephrologists to take care of your kidneys during the summer



Without wanting to embitter anyone’s vacation, you have to remember that inappropriate lifestyle habits and typical summer excesses can become enemies to our health, especially for that part of the population with the highest risk of suffering from any disease. It is important know how to take care of your kidneys during the summer.

And all without forgetting, furthermore, that we are immersed in the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Therefore, the Spanish Society of Nephrology (ITS) wants to offer a series of recommendations to promote kidney health and the care of our kidneys during this time of year.

The objective, in addition to reminding this organ that we sometimes forget, is to prevent the arrival of possible kidney problems.

Eating an inappropriate and unhealthy diet, abuse of sugary drinks, not making good hydration in the face of high temperatures, and confusing rest with inactivity, are some of the great dangers for the kidney during the summer and on vacations, according to the nephrologists of the SEN

The scientific society offers these tips within the initiative # Kidney Code, a program that precisely seeks raise awareness in society of the importance of taking care of the kidneys for their health and quality of life, as the best preventive tool for kidney diseases from childhood.

And it is that learning to take care of our health from a young age, changing life habits that are unhealthy for a healthier life from the earliest stages of life, can anticipate people’s problems and needs and contribute to improving their quality. of life and well-being.

Kidney disease and Covid-19

In addition to knowing how to take care of your kidneys during the summer, before the Covid-19 scenario, Nephrologists also point out that vaccination is very important and follow the recommendations and hygiene and safety measures from the health authorities to prevent and avoid possible new infections of the virus, since the kidney is one of the organs that has been most affected by the new disease.

In fact, a large part of infected patients have had a significant deterioration in their kidney function, causing a acute kidney failure, and, therefore, the need for the patient to have to undergo a replacement dialysis or transplant treatment in order to perform the task that their kidneys do.

In addition, patients with Chronic Kidney Disease on dialysis and kidney transplants have been one of the groups that virus infection is affecting with higher rates of infection and mortality than the general population.

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Specific, Covid-19 mortality in kidney patients is 3 to 4 times higher compared to the general population, and 1.5-2 times higher compared to other risk groups.

In addition, patients in a hospital dialysis program or in a dialysis center have a greater risk of contagion since they need to attend a minimum of three times a week for hemodialysis sessions, also making their trips to the sessions in most of the sessions. occasions through community transportation.

In Spain, the contagion rate of patients in Renal Replacement Treatment (that is, on dialysis or with a kidney transplant) has reached a rate 5% higher than that of the general population.

More than 25% of the patients who underwent these kidney treatments and who were infected at some point during the pandemic, eventually died, according to data collected in the SEN COVID-19 Registry.

For the president of this scientific society, Patricia de Sequera, “we cannot lower our guard at this time when there is a rebound in Covid-19 outbreaks, and therefore, in addition to vaccination, we must continue to carry out the measures more effective in preventing our health in general, and our kidney health in particular, from being affected, such as the use of masks, hand hygiene, safety distance, etc. If we continue to carry out these measures, we will be protecting our kidneys, “he says.

What is bad for the heart is also bad for the kidney

The nephrologists They also point out that there is very little social culture about kidney health, less than about cardiovascular health, for example, “when the two are closely related,” says De Sequera.

And it is that, as kidney function decreases, the risk of developing vascular damage and disease increases, to such an extent that the most frequent cause of mortality in kidney patients is cardiovascular problems.

Similarly, the presence of cardiovascular risk factors and the development of vascular damage is also a serious problem, tripling the risk of kidney disease.

Bad eating habits such as high salt intake are harmful to the heart and kidneys, and in general, many of the recommendations for the health of both organs are similar, so that it can be said that “what is bad for the heart it is also for the kidney and vice versa, “adds the president of the SEN.

Decalogue to take care of your kidneys during the summer

The Chronic Kidney Disease (ERC) has a great impact on the health and quality of life of people who suffer from it, despite its great ignorance in society.

In Spain, about 7 million people suffer from chronic kidney disease, of which more than 64,000 need dialysis or transplantation.

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Moreover, this pathology has experienced a growth of 30% in the last decade, and if it continues its current growth rate will become the second cause of death in our country in a few years.

For all this, and to take care of your kidneys during the summer, nephrologists want to remember its importance with various tips, which we should not forget during this summer:


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