All You Ever Wanted To Know
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), previously called Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is very prevalent all across the globe. India is fast becoming a capital of Kidney Diseases. Indian economy, although improving, is far from affluent enough to deal with the burden of a disease of such magnanimity and expenditure.
We, at this website, intend to educate those with early kidney disease, the importance of preventing its progression and those at risk of kidney disease, the importance of screening for it and early recognition.
Most websites have information that is more relevant to western countries. We have ensured that we assimilate and present data and information that relates to India and developing countries and thus 'connect' adequately with these populations.
The articles are personally written by the owner of the website, a fully qualified practicing Nephrologist in Central India.The articles provide a general outline of the respective disease and are not a substitute to clinical examination and personalized advise to the patient.The author, can however be of help to you through "Submit a Query" link where you can enter the details of your patient along with relevant reports.
Chronic Kidney Disease in India is underdiagnosed, undertreated and probably more importantly under-educated.
The commonest cause of CKD, as highlighted in the adjoining table from CKD registry of India, is the kidney disease caused by long standing diabetes.
The second position is 'held' by 'undetermined cause' and this is unique to developing countries since early detection of chronic diseases is very very poor. This could, partly, be due to lack of awareness not only among the lay people, but also the primary care physicians and secondary care hospitals.
The other important aspect of CKD in developing countries is the affordability of the patients. Most patients have to bear their own healthcare expenditures which are often beyond their income.
Added to that, they often become jobless once an advanced disease is detected and that only serves to compound the problem. Insurance is not availed or afforded by most of them.
Having seen these problems, the best 'solution' is to detect the disease in its early stage, spread the awareness regarding better management of Hypertension and Diabetes.
If the disease is detected at early stage and proper measures instituted early, progression to late stages that require expensive treatment options like dialysis or kidney transplant, can beretarded and thus a lot of expenditure curtailed.
One myth that is surprisingly common is that Kidney transplants happen only in the Western World and even if they are performed, they are not so successful ! We hope to decimate this belief and inform our readers how succesful kidney transplants can be and how it completely changes one's life !!
Dr Ashwinikumar Khandekar is a practicing Nephrologist at CARE Hospital, Nagpur. He is keen to spread awareness about chronic kidney disease and renal replacement therapy. To read more about the author, click here.
The commonest disorders are enlisted in the section titled "Kidney Disorders". You will find relevant general information in those sub-sections. "Diet in Kidney Diseases" attempts to remove a host of myths pertaining to diet restrictions especially in CKD. You can watch videos of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis in the "Videos" section.
You can send us you queries regarding patients through " Submit a Query" link. Our dietician can answer your specific diet queries through the same link.
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