Bengaluru, March 07, 2017: In an endeavor to raise awareness for kidney related diseases and its importance on overall health, Manipal Hospitals Bangalore unveiled a campaign to champion the cause. In line with this year’s global theme, ‘Kidney disease and Obesity’ with a motto to follow ‘healthy lifestyle for healthy kidneys’. Theatre & Bollywood Actress Ms. Konkana Sen along with Ms. Malini Krishnamoorthy, IPS Additional Commissioner of Police , Bengaluruflagged off the campaign. The event was also attended by kidney transplant patients who shared their experiences of receiving a second chance to life.
Obesity is a growing worldwide epidemic and a significant risk factor for chronic kidney disease. This year World Kidney Day promotes education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease. Hence, as a part of the campaign, Manipal Hospitals launched various packages for the benefit of kidney patients. 100 free consultations for patients with BMI above 30 was announced and free kidney screening for the Karnataka Police Force will also be facilitated. Additionally, preventive care and precautions needed for kidney health will be spread across the country.
Speaking on the occasion Theatre & Bollywood Actress Ms. Konkana Sen said, “It gives me immense pleasure to be here in Bengaluru and extend my support for the cause. The co-relation between kidney and obesity is very strong and this calls for instilling healthy lifestyle habits in our daily routine. We must together combat obesity which is also a root cause of many other diseases like blood pressure, heart ailments and diabetes in addition to kidney disease. I extend my whole hearted support to Manipal Hospitals and urge people to include exercise, healthy food habits and to curtail fat in their lives.”
Speaking on the occasion Ms. Malini Krishnamoorthy, IPS Additional Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru said, “Its a honor to be associated with Manipal Hospitals who are spreading the message far and wide. It is important to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep diseases at bay. Keeping in mind that health is wealth, we must all realize the importance of eating healthy and regular exercise in our lives.”
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Hospitals said, “Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney disease. It increases the risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). In individuals affected by obesity, the kidneys have to work harder, filtering more blood than normal (hyperfiltration) to meet the metabolic demands of increased body weight and hence damage the kidneys in the long run . Life style modification should also start early in life “
According to WHO, by 2025, obesity will affect 18% of men and over 21% of women worldwide and severe obesity will affect 6% of all men and 9% of all women around the world. In some nations, obesity is already present in more than one-third of the adult population and contributes significantly to overall poor health and high annual medical costs.
About Manipal Hospitals:
As a pioneer in healthcare, Manipal Hospitals is among the largest hospital network in India serving over 2 million patients annually. Its focus is to develop an affordable tertiary care multispecialty healthcare framework through its entire multispecialty delivery spectrum and further extend it to homecare. With its flagship quaternary care facility located in Bangalore, India, 8 tertiary care, 7 secondary care and 2 primary care clinics spread across India and abroad, Manipal Hospitals successfully operates and manages 5,200+ beds. Manipal Hospitals provides comprehensive curative and preventive care for a multitude of patients from across the globe. Manipal Hospitals is first in India to be awarded accreditation by the AAHRPP for ethical standards in clinical research activities. It is also NABL, NABH and ISO certified. Manipal Hospitals is also the most respected hospital company in India and the most patient recommended hospital in India by consumer survey.