As the number of kidney complaints rise during summer and kidney patients face increase in discomfort due to severe heat wave, Dr J Ramashankar, nephrologist at Global Hospitals, explains about the precautions to be taken by kidney patients in the interview
Do kidney related problems increase during summer?
Yes. During summer, depending upon the intensity of heat, people susceptible to kidney diseases are at increased risk of facing problem.
What causes rise in kidney problem in summer?
When the summer is at its peak and heat conditions prevail, people sweat more, get heat rashes and get dehydrated quickly. As a result vital organs get affected, especially kidneys. As dehydration increases urine get concentrated thus forming stones in the kidney. In India about five to seven million people suffer from kidney stone diseases. With an increase in temperature during summer the numbers just keeps on increasing.
How to prevent kidney diseases?
By properly managing diabetes and high blood pressure with good diet, exercise and medication, one will be able to prevent kidney diseases and help maintain kidney function.
What precautions to be taken in summer to reduce renal diseases?
Take more citrus juices, fruits and more water during summer. Drinking sufficient water (about 3 litres per day) helps to dilute urine, eliminate all the toxic waste from the body and prevent kidney stones.
What are the symptom of renal failure?
Symptoms of kidney failure vary from person to person. A lot depends on the type of underlying disease and its severity. Often symptoms are general and vague and therefore the disease is not diagnosed in the early stages. But pain in the abdomen, burning sensations while passing urine, pain in loin region, passing less amount of urine and low and high blood pressure are some of the symptoms of renal failure.