International Yoga Day: 5 Benefits Of Yoga For Healthy Kidneys

Yoga is a legendry therapy which beautifully combines the mind body relaxation techniques. Regular practice of yoga improves the musculoskeletal system that provides form, support, stability and movement to the body. It also positively influences the autonomic nervous system that helps the body rest, relax, and digest food. This is turn improves many lifestyle diseases including kidney disease.

The five main ways in which yoga helps a kidney patient are as follows:
1:Yoga’s effects on diabetes control in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD):In the latest guideline of RSSDI (Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India) published in the March 2018 issue of International Journal of Diabetes the following points have been highlighted:

Regular yoga therapy helps in heightened metabolic control of blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids. This control of blood sugar will indirectly reduce the chances of developing diabetic kidney disease that is common in 30% of all diabetic.Greater control of blood sugar with yoga has been documented to improve the kidney functions along with other measures.

2:Yoga controls blood pressure in CKD patients: 5-8 millimeter of blood pressure control is commonly seen with yoga. As a form of therapy for lifestyle diseases, the results of yoga are superior to just physical exercise since yoga combines mind and body relaxation techniques. Control of hypertension forms the main pillar of kidney failure treatment.

3:Yoga helps Kidney patient with heart disease:Heart disease is 10-100 times more common in kidney patients, yoga leads to improvement of heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol, thereby reducing the incidence of heart disease in patients with chronic kidney disease.

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4:Yoga’s effect on depression in CKD patients:Majority of CKD patients and dialysis patients suffer from depression and cannot tolerate anti-depression drugs. Yoga therapy along with meditation and pranayama helps in taking care of depression in these patients.

5:CKD and bone pain:Due to metabolic and endocrine effect of hormonal imbalance in CKD, these patients suffer from aches and pains and since they cannot be given pain killers, yoga therapy helps in reducing their symptoms effectively. There have been many reports of patients who are easily able to practice yoga even though they are taking dialysis. Thus like in normal people, even CKD patients and dialysis patients can practice yoga to alleviate their problems.

MKF Launches “Know Your Numbers Campaign” at Walkathon

On the eve of World Kidney Day, Mumbai Kidney Foundation along with like-minded  NGO’s & Kidney Foundations of Mumbai spearheaded a Walkathon at the Marine Drive which was flagged off by Padmabhusan Santoor Vadak Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma ji.

3000 people turned up to support this social cause and got free check-up of Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Weight. Simultaneously we also launched “Know Your Numbers Campaign” which means every Indian beyond 30 yrs of age should measure his weight, Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar and should know their health numbers.

India is facing an epidemic of Lifestyle Diseases such as Diabetes, Obesity, Blood Pressure which is killing 2/3 of Indians at an early age. It is also responsible for  epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in our country. 1 in 10 Indians suffer from CKD and die prematurely. The disease is silent and expensive to treat. The only way we can manage is by creating awareness & prevention.

Ek Chammach Kam Campaign

World Kidney Day will be celebrated on March 8 with an aim to raise awareness about kidney and its importance. Programs and events are organized around the world as part of the awareness campaigns. People are educated about the kidney disease, risk factors and preventive behaviors. The aim is to reduce the kidney disease frequency and health issues related to it.

Every year, World Kidney Day has a theme and this year it is Kidney and Women’s Health. Chronic kidney disease or CKD is one of the common health issues, with around 195 million women affected by it across the world. CKD can lead to kidney failure and death. In India, 17.2 percent people from urban areas suffer from kidney disease. This year, on World Kidney Day Dr. Bhupendra Gandhi’s Amar Gandhi Foundation (AGF) is initiating a campaign called Ek Chammach Kam (One spoon less) to limit the intake of salt. Over 150 senior-most nephrologists from Mumbai are coming together to raise awareness about the negative effect of salt intake in kidney disease. They want to highlight the high salt consumption among Indians.

Dr. Bhupendra Gandhi says, “Chronic kidney disease is a ‘SILENT KILLER’; it usually has no significant symptoms until it has reached later stages where a patient is not left with many choices of treatment.”The aim of the campaign is to make people aware of the kidney disease and encourage them to make positive lifestyle changes.

The ‘ek chammach kam’ campaign will be run on the social media platforms of Amar Gandhi Foundation and Mumbai Kidney Foundation (MKF). According to Dr. Umesh Khanna, Senior Nephrologist & Chairman of Mumbai Kidney Foundation, “Women in particular love eating ‘chatpata’ food, a craving that leads to excess salt consumption. They must observe and monitor the same, as well as ensure low salt consumption in their families.”

Senior Nephrologist, Dr Bhavesh Vora says, “People who are diabetic, hypertensive, obese or have a heart condition have a higher risk of kidney disease. In the light of all the eye-opening facts stated hereby, spreading awareness about a regular checkup of kidney health for early detection of chronic kidney disease is a must!” A free urine test and blood test have been organized by MKF and AGF on March 8 for early detection of the kidney disease. You can get tested at any branch of Suburban Diagnostics laboratory on the day.

Here are some data provided by the nephrologists: As per the World Health Organization, the prevalence of chronic kidney disease is estimated to be 8 to 16 percent in adults above the age of 30 globally. In India, 17.2 percent of people in urban areas are affected by the disease, according to a study published in the BMC Nephrology journal. One of the major risk factors is diabetes and over 69 million Indians suffer from Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The numbers are expected to be 140 million by 2040. Another risk factor is obesity and it affects over 135 million Indians. In India, 60 percent of chronic kidney disease patients either suffers from high blood pressure or are diabetic.