Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association (SDEA) in collaboration with National and International Scientific Societies calls for combatting kidney diseases in the Kingdom

The prevalence of kidney disease in the Kingdom is increasing at an alarming rate, especially in patients with diabetes and hypertension. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two main causes of kidney failure. Other contributing factors include obesity, excessive salt intake, smoking, elevation of cholesterol level in blood, bacterial and viral infections as well as other factors.

The World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). The first campaign was launched seven years ago. It has turned into a global phenomenon held annually on the second Thursday of March. This year’s theme is “Chronic Kidney disease”.

On this occasion of the World Kidney Day, March 13, 2014, the SDEA urges diabetics and those with elevated blood pressure to take the necessary measures to keep their levels under control. They are reminded to perform the required medical examinations and keep their follow-ups with their treating physicians. The Chairman of SDEA, strongly advises all to follow these simple steps.
He also stressed the importance of early detection of diabetes and hypertension to avoid the development of renal failure.

Secretary General of the SDEA stated that the Association, in collaboration with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Saudi Center for Organs Transplantation (SCOT), the Saudi Society for Promoting Organs Donation (Eithar) and University of Dammam will conduct a scientific and educational conference on Kidney Disease. It aims to develop standards to combat it thru a national project. The conference will be held in the Meridian Hotel in Al-Khobar on Saturday, March 15th, 2014.

In addition, the SDEA’s Committee of Nutrition and Health Education recommends reducing the amount of salt added to foods. It has developed educational material in Arabic and English about kidney failure and nutrition which have been posted on the website of the SDEA as well as shared with the International Diabetes Federation and the World Association of Kidney Diseases. Dr. Chairman of the Committee stated that an institutional approach for combating diabetes and obesity is necessary in the kingdom as it will contribute to reducing the risks of kidney disease: important preventative measures. These measures focus on the health, social, psychological and economic factors. These calls for collaboration between several ministries: Health, Industry and Trade, and Education, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, Media to name but a few. For example, the public must be aware of the amount of salt and fat contents of foods, where some studies have pointed to the high per capita consumption in the Kingdom of salt and high consumption of salty foods, including pickles, cheese, olives, sauces, chips, salted nuts and ketchup.
The SDEA stresses that the first line of defense to reduce the risks of kidney diseases and the development of renal failure is the Primary Care Centers. Periodic assessments for renal functions are necessary. Such simple preventative measures will save thousands from developing renal failure which costs millions of riyals to manage afterwards.


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