SAN FERNANDO CITY, June 24 (PIA) - "Better to start educating kids on living a healthy lifestyle to prevent them from experiencing kidney problems later on."
This is one of the messages of Dr. Herminigilda Salangad, medical health officer IV and chief of Non-Communicable Diseases Unit of the Department of Health (DOH) Region 1, as June is observed as National Kidney Month.
"Most often, children do not take sufficient volume of water or delay urinating especially when they are busy playing or with any other activity," she added.
Some, she said, are not physically active especially if focused on playing with their gadgets. Thus, she encouraged that parents teach their children to live healthy starting from an early age to prevent kidney diseases.
"Kidney diseases are common among patients with diabetes, hypertension, unhealthy lifestyle, and poor diet," Salangad said.
Kidneys are important body organs that help the body pass waste as urine, maintain overall fluid balance, filter waste materials from food, medications, and toxic substances and regulate blood pressure.
She added, "To prevent kidney diseases, proper hygiene, sufficient water intake, and avoidance to salty and sweet foods are very important, especially for those with family history."
She said undergoing urinalysis is the fastest and the most basic test to check for possible kidney infection.
In closing, she shared that it is still best to consult and seek medical help to prevent further complication if one has kidney problems.
"Sa Malusog na Bato, Bukas ay Sigurado" is theme for this year's National Kidney Month. (JNPD/JDS/PIA-1 La Union)