"Around 10% of the world's population suffers from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and the number can rise to as high as 50% for those who are above the age of 75 years," said Dr. Gupta at a function to mark the occasion of World Kidney Day.
Dr. P. N. Gupta, senior consultant for Nephrology at Paras Hospital said, "Kidney disease can affect people of all ages and races. One in five men and one in four men between the ages of 65 and 74 suffer from CKD."
Advising patients the correct diet and asking them to steer clear of salts, Dr. Gupta said that dialysis can help older CKD patients, while younger sufferers can opt for kidney transplant, with the number of successful transplants growing every year. The doctor said, "Choose and prepare foods with less salt and sodium. Eat the right amount and right types of proteins. Choose foods which are healthy for your heart. Eat foods with less phosphorus and the right amount of potassium."
The participants at the function were also briefed about the kidney transplant procedure.