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300 take part in walkathon on kidney disease awareness at Sukhna

Chandigarh, March 10: As many as 300 people including doctors participated in an Ivy Hospital’s walkathon on kidney disease awareness to mark World Kidney Day at Sukhna Lake on Sunday.
The walkathon was flagged-off by Chandigarh Mayor Kuldeep Kumar. Dr Avinash Srivastava, director urology & renal transplant and Dr Raka Kaushal director nephrology at Ivy were also present.
During the occasion, Kuldeep Kumar stressed upon the need to keep kidneys fit and healthy.
He said that regular exercise, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, keeping bp and diabetes in control can help avoid kidney diseases.  
Dr Avinash Srivastava said, “2.2 lakh new patients develop chronic kidney failure in India every year and it is also the 6th fastest growing cause of death. High bp, diabetes, BPH, untreated kidney stones and UTI are the main reasons for kidney failure in India.”
Dr Raka Kaushal said that because of the growing population of diabetes and hypertension, each year about 2.20 lakh new patients develop chronic renal failure in the country. Ironically, transplant takes place in only about 6000 cases, because of lack of awareness of people and unavailability of donors, she maintained.
The prevalence of this disease has almost doubled over the past decade and is expected to increase further due to rise in risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, stress, and unhealthy eating habits, she informed.
Dr Raka also said that Ivy has a state of the art 20 bedded dialysis centre which offers 24 x 7 dialysis services including intervention nephrology services like permacath, AV fistula, renal biopsies and centrelines.
Dr Avinash shared that at Ivy Hospital we are doing all types of Living Donor Transplants, which include High Risk Transplants, Paediatric Transplants Swap cases, ABO incompatible Transplants (Non Blood group specific) & Redo Transplants. Patients from far off places like Dehradun, Jammu, Lucknow, Kanpur, Bihar, Jharkhand, Canada, UK, Australia have also undergone Kidney Transplant at Ivy Hospital.
10 tips to prevent kidney diseases:
1. Manage diabetes, high blood pressure.
2. Reduce the intake of salt:
3. Drink 8- 10 glass of water every day
4. Don’t resist the urge to urinate
5. Eat a balanced Diet including lots of fruits. 
6. Drink healthy beverages
7. Avoid alcohol and smoking
8. Exercise daily
9. Avoid self-medication, especially painkillers.
10. Think before you take Protein supplements and herbal medicine without discussing with your doctor

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