Category: Kidney

Obesity Fuels Chronic Kidney Diseases

A health survey conducted by the Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with the Dubai Statistics Centre revealed that 11.9% of people in Dubai suffer from obesity.[i] The growing issue of obesity plays a key role in reducing people’s life expectancy and causes several severe health conditions. Obesity is a combination of factors including high calorie intake, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle practices etc. Obesity is now a growing phenomenon across the globe and is one of the key factors responsible for a number of chronic diseases including kidney diseases.

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Kidney Treatment in Dubai

The need for kidney treatment in Dubai can stem from a number of medical, environmental, and lifestyle causes that adversely affect the proper functioning of the kidneys. As we know, the primary role of the kidneys is to filter the out the toxins and chemicals from the blood and send it back to the body for recirculation. These toxins and chemicals are then secreted by the body in the form of urine. The proper functioning of the kidneys ensures a healthy balance of fluids and necessary electrolytes in the body. Any reason for the kidneys to stop working normally can escalate to a shutdown of other important bodily functions as well, due to the accumulation of toxins that would have otherwise been excreted. What is also extremely dangerous about kidney failure is the fact that it is possible to lose nearly 90% of your normal kidney functioning without exhibiting any kind of symptoms.

The demand for kidney treatment in Dubai has risen over the last few years and is likely to rise further. The number of patients that were undergoing dialysis in 2016 were more than 2000, and it is predicted that this number is going to rise by 10% to 15% every year. Kidney disorders may be of different varieties, but there are three primary disorder that are more common than the others. These are:

  • Kidney stones: Kidney stones (renal lithiasis, nephrolithiasis) are small, hard mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. The stones are made of mineral and acid salts and can affect the urethra, bladder or the kidneys. Kidney stones have no particular standout cause with which they occur, rather a combination of lifestyle choices and the amount of water in the body usually lead to the creation of kidney stones. In order to get kidney treatment in Dubai for kidney stones, it is important to consult a trusted urologist who specializes in dealing with the condition. For a small stone in the kidneys, the treatment is noninvasive and sometimes as straightforward as drinking more water in order to pass the stone during urination. For larger stones however, invasive procedures such as lithotripsy or surgery might be necessary to remove the stones.
  • UTI (Urinary tract infection): Is essentially an infection in any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureter, bladder and urethra. If a UTI infection is localized to the patient’s bladder then its effects would not be as severe as they would be if it spreads to the patient’s kidneys. Once a UTI reaches the kidneys it causes pyelonephritis or a kidney infection. Kidney treatment in Dubai for a kidney infection would primarily entail a prescription dose of anti-biotics. If the medicines don’t work orally however, then they may be required to be administered via a drip. The latter only occurs in the case of a severe kidney infection.
  • Chronic kidney disease: The disease is named after the fact that two of its primary causes are the chronic illnesses diabetes and hypertension. Diabetes and hypertension themselves are the result of high blood sugar and high blood pressure respectively. Kidney treatment in Dubai for chronic kidney disease focuses on slowing the progression of the kidney damage, usually by controlling the underlying cause. Chronic kidney disease can progress to end-stage kidney failure, which is fatal without artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant. Many of the patients in the UAE on dialysis are suffering from an aggressive form of chronic kidney disease.

Kidney disorders like the once mentioned above can occur in individuals of different ages and different nationalities. However, an early detection of these disorders can lead to a full recovery for those that are afflicted by them. There are a host of options when it comes to seeking kidney treatment in Dubai. Hospitals like Aster Hospital Mankhool have cutting edge urology and internal medicine departments whose doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disorders of various degrees. Furthermore, urological treatments are covered by most health insurance providers across the country.

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