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Myths & Facts about Kidney Disease


Myth : Kidney Disease is “Rare”

Fact : 17 of every 100 Indians have some form of Kidney Disease.

In last 15 years the number of deaths due to Kidney disease in India has increased by 2 times


Myth : There’s nothing you can do about getting Kidney Disease

Fact : Most cases of kidney disease could be prevented.

Diabetes & High Blood Pressure cause nearly three fourths of all cases of kidney failure. Keeping those conditions under control can help you prevent Kidney Disease


Myth : You’d know if you have kidney disease

Fact : Kidney disease often has no symptoms until the last stages.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) damages your kidneys slowly over time – 96% of people with early kidney disease don’t know it. It can be detected through simple blood and urine tests.


Myth : Dialysis is a cure for Kidney failure

Fact : There is no cure for Kidney Failure

If you have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD, Kidney Failure) you will need either a dialysis or transplant to live. Dialysis helps do some but not all of the work that healthy kidneys do.


Myth : Kidney Stones cause kidney disease

Fact : Kidney stones rarely cause kidney damage.

1 in 10 people will have a kidney stone, yet the great majority will never develop kidney disease. Kidney stones are rarely left untreated because they are so painful. Help prevent kidney stones by drinking plenty of water every day.


Myth : No one knows what causes kidney disease.

Fact : The two most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. Both can harm your kidneys by causing damage to the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys. Many other conditions can harm the kidneys.

This include :

  • Heart disease
  • Glomerulonephritis, a disease that causes inflammation in the kidneys
  • Diseases you are born with, like polycystic kidney disease, which causes cysts to form in the kidneys

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