This morning, my mother and I visited the Mother Teresa Hospital at Yeshwanthpur. There was a special event happening there. There was a pooja going on to inaugurate a new Dialysis Centre, set up by the Rotary Club.
A few days back, my mother, Radha Eswar, had been invited to give a talk at the Rotary Club, Bengaluru, about what she does. She blew the club members over with her enthusiastic talk about her passion – connecting people with plants and about the work her organization ArtyPlantz does in this sphere. She was also quite amazed at the social activities and the service-oriented mindset of the people at the club, and was even invited to join it. She got the news of the Kidney Centre inauguration today, and the two of us immediately decided to go and take a look.
As soon as we reached there, we were warmly welcomed by a group of club members outside the new building, who offered us tea and breakfast. Upma and Kesari Bath was the fare, a speciality of this region of Karnataka. We walked inside, and we were greeted by Shri Raghunandan, Secretary of the Rotary Club, Bangalore West. He took us around and showed us the center.
There were two dialysis room, with around 18 dialysis machines, if I remember right, along with a consultation room and a meeting room. The building in which this dialysis center had come up was earlier the Maternity Ward of Mother Teresa Hospital, which remained unused after this ward was shifted to the main hospital building. The club had identified this place last year, and had spent months to quickly set up this center, working closely with two Nephrology hospitals, including Bangalore Kidney Foundation. It was indeed an admirable achievement.
At the inaugural ceremony, the Rotary club announced its plans to construct a huge dialysis center with no less than 100 dialysis machines, in the city soon. They also said with great concern, no matter how many dialysis centers and hospitals are set up, they always seem to get filled with patients, they become full. There are too many patients who require dialysis and one can never build enough hospitals for them. Let me tell you why:
A recent study [Ajay K Singh et al, 2013] that assessed 5500+ Indians from the age of 18 to 98 found that more than 17% suffered from kidney disease – and 6% were severe, with Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3 or higher. Project that to India’s 1.252 billion population, and that’s a whopping 2.17 crore renal disease patients in the country! What’s more, the leading cause of chronic kidney disease is diabetic nephropathy!
Diabetes, hypertension, obesity and smoking are the four major risk factors for kidney disease. None of these four shows any signs of reducing anytime in the near future. Only when people accept that their food, their stress, their lack of physical activity, their poor relationships with others in life, and their unnatural environment is what is causing these problems will these diseases reduce.
Diabetics and hypertensives seem to be satisfied with using a drug to ‘control’ their disease. They do not realize that the only thing they are controlling is their blood sugar or their blood pressure (or both!), and NOT the actual cause of these diseases. The disease process that led to the high blood sugar or the high blood pressure continues to damage their cells all over the body, worsening their health this very minute. Every consecutive blood test only shows more damage, and every consecutive prescription only has a higher dosage and number of medications. It is just a matter of years before the kidney, liver, eyes or nerves get so weakened by the disease, they put up a white flag and give out.
Chronic kidney disease is a terrible condition. It isn’t easy to manage. Imagine a state where you know every toxin that is being produced by your body is still flowing through your veins, unable to get out of your body. Imagine relying on a machine to purify your blood. Every few days, you have to go to a dialysis center and get your blood filtered. If you miss it, it could turn out to be fatal.
The good news is, it is very, very easy to prevent. Naturopathy and Yoga is the best way you can prevent kidney disease and a horde of lifestyle disorders. Lifestyle management is the first line of treatment, and the only way to reverse these diseases. If you know someone with diabetes, or hypertension, or who smokes, or is obese, please share this article with them. Tell them that their health is in control before it gets worse.
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Dr. Achyuthan Eswar
Naturopathy, Yoga and Acupuncture Physician