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The Vital Role of Early Detection in Heart and Kidney Diseases

By Dr. Nishant Deshpande in Nephrology , Kidney Transplant

Apr 02 , 2024 | 2 min read

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Prevention of any disease is more important than the treatment, doctors need to be more involved in helping during the onset of the disease, said nephrologist and renal transplant physician Dr. Nishant Deshpande.

Catching Them Early

Lifestyle changes are causing high blood pressure in young people. Every individual has a different parameter for getting disease, our focus is to track these individuals who have a risk of kidney diseases and can see if you have a window to prevent that. Preventive measures have never been spoken in detail. We often speak about eating less salt, no fast food, but we don't go into the depths of the person's risk factors. As a family there is a risk of having certain diseases, young mothers who had high blood pressure in pregnancy, their kids can be at the risk of high BP while growing up. Secondly, there is a lot of liking for sugary drinks, high salt intake. All these develop insulin resistance. Increased levels of insulin will not only give rise to diabetes but also develop neuro cognitive factors, problems with heart, kidney diseases.

Obesity, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease Part of Same Web

All are interlinked. People who have heart attacks may be having a lurking kidney disease, which has not been detected yet and that kidney disease manifests itself into the heart so on the surface they are two different things but below the surface they are the same. A lot of young people are going for dialysis and kidney transplant and we are treating them in fine hospitals but precaution should be taken at community level for which at least the doctor community is not ready.

Reverse Disease by Early Testing

Through school, community at large, media awareness about diabetes, BP is no longer a disease for above 40. We have to conduct tests early in school, then check again in high school, then in college from these subset we identify these individuals, just like diabetic reversal, kidney and heart diseases can be reversed.

When Does Kidney Get Affected in Diabetics?

Puffiness in face, swelling of legs, low haemoglobin level are classical signs of kidney disease, In diabetics individuals who were having control over the disease and are now seeing the levels going haywire, overall fatigue, loss of appetite leading to severe kidney diseases. Tests are there to check the efficiency of the kidney, lifestyle measures can be taken, medicines can be given, reverse problems till the diabetic person has not reached the place of no return.

Causes of Kidney Failure

Blood pressure and diabetes when left unchecked for a long period of time, filters of body pressure increases, large sugar load in the body is tried to tackle by body with increased release of insulin, insulin level refuses to come down to the bottom line, and continues damaging the organs.

Post Covid Kidney Related Issues

Autoimmune kidney disease has increased post covid because of abnormal antibodies that go through the body. Covid virus has messed up with the immune system. 

Increase in Saving Lives Through Transplantation

Patients with kidney disease and families are on waiting lists for years, when mass media popularisation happens, and awareness occurs it is a positive trend, which shows we as a community are benevolent.