When you take a look at kidney disease statistics for the Indian population, the numbers are fairly discouraging. 17% of Indians, many of them young, have some form of chronic kidney ailment, with 200000 new people needing to resort to dialysis for kidney failure every year. Only 4000 kidney transplant surgeries are performed every year, which is a figure nowhere near the estimated number of required and recommended kidney transplants annually. The picture is so bleak in part because most victims of kidney disease see a nephrologist for the first time after much damage has been done, as well as the fact that early signs and symptoms of kidney problems are often easy to miss.
Some causes of kidney disease
Having said that, two of the commonest medical complains many Indians simply make peace with – diabetes and hypertension – make kidney disease worse. 60 million people in India are diabetic. About fifty percent of the adult population is hypertensive and some go without regulatory medication. Both diabetes and high blood pressure put you at a higher risk of developing some kind of chronic kidney disease. Both are preventable, to some extent, by making certain simple lifestyle changes – watching your diet, drinking plenty of fluids, lowering your intake of salty and spicy food, as well as finding time to exercise at least thirty minutes a day.
If you have contracted kidney disease, take stock first of where you stand healthwise. You might have stones or cysts in your prime excretory organs, infections, or cancer. Speak to your healthcare provider about how best to manage each stage of the illness you have.
Solutions on hand: Crowdfunding for kidney disease
Those who have chronic kidney failure have two choices: to go in for dialysis, or to get a kidney transplant, and both are expensive processes not easily afforded by the Indian middle-class. A kidney transplant surgery, plus the cost of postoperative care and drugs runs into as much as thirty lakh rupees at decent private facilities. Many people these days are turning to medical crowdfunding to ask their friends for help with funds to meet costs of the procedure. Crowdfunding is easy, quick and stress-free as long as you have a network of supporters and there is no payback involved, It is a convenient way of pulling together a shared effort that may save the life of your loved one with kidney disease.