Act early to prevent it; BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals launches kidney awareness campaign

Bengaluru, March 9, 2017: Today, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bangalore celebrated World Kidney Day by launching a campaign – ‘Healthy Lifestyle for healthy kidneys’. The main objective of the campaign is to raise awareness about importance of managing factors such as obesity that lead to kidney disease and other associated problems. World Kidney Day 2017’s theme will take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against kidney diseases.

The campaign launch was attended by prominent personalities, Shri Jaggesh, Actor, Director and Politician and guest of honor, Mr Pradeep, an athlete who underwent kidney transplantation at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals a few years ago. The dignitaries addressed the audience of 200 odd doctors, students, hospital staff and patients by sharing insights on managing one’s kidney health. The event also saw the launch of a pledge board & diet booklet. The objective of the pledge board is to encourage everyone to take up some form of physical activity and get moving. The function was followed by a poster exhibition to commemorate the day.

Speaking on the occasion cine actor Shri Jaggesh said “I am happy to be associated with BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals to drive awareness on the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with Kidney disease. Obesity is a major health concern that needs to be tackled as early as possible. Personally, I was able to control my weight by adopting a healthy lifestyle, that is, sleep well, eat healthy and exercise well. The difference it has brought about for my health has been tremendous. I urge everyone to pay attention to their health, especially, our youth many of whom have a sedentary lifestyle arising from their jobs. Take an effort and get moving.”    

 

Obesity is not a new health problem but unfortunately it is affecting more and more people every year, both here in India and globally. We need increased awareness that obesity raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes and can also cause major damage to our kidneys.

“Obesity can either damage your kidneys directly or cause other problems which lead to kidney disease. When someone is obese, their kidneys have to work harder, cleaning more blood than normal to meet the demands of the increased body weight. The surge in function can damage the kidney and advance the risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the long-term. Obesity also increases the risk of developing conditions that can cause kidney damage, such as diabetes and hypertension. Keeping in mind the severity of obesity in India we are also launching a diet booklet – Prevent Obesity.” said Dr.Anil Kumar BT, Consultant Nephrologist and Transplant Physician, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bangalore.

Mr. Thomas Mathew, COO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bangalore added: “At BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, kidney care is one of our leading practices. Our team of highly skilled doctors leading the nephrology and urology department provides expert kidney care. Every year we run campaigns to raise awareness on major health concerns affecting our society, driven by our team of doctors across specialties.  On this occasion, we are also providing free kidney tests to encourage everyone to regularly monitor parameters such as Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), Urine Routine and Creatinine. Patients will also be provided with counseling by a dietician.

This campaign is a vivid reminder that regular exercise and physical activity help reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. Get moving is a simple yet powerful action that will keep your kidneys healthy.

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