March 12th World Kidney Day

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THANDI XABA

About one in 10 people will be affected by kidney disease and the collective cost for dialysis and transplantation over the next decade is predicated to exceed R12trillion.

ER24 Pieter Rossouw says today  was initiated 9 years ago in order to bring awareness to protecting and looking after the kidney.

Studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of developing kidney disease by 50% and that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for chronic kidney disease.

This can result in kidney failure and even premature death. Chronic kidney disease is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years and each kidney has about a million tiny filters, called nephrons.

If these nephrons are damaged, the kidneys stop working. Kidney failure affects the whole body, and untreated kidney failure can be life-threatening.

For more insight, visit www.worldkidneyday.org