“It’s important that people are careful and become more proactive with their health,” Gounden said. “In my case, I want people to know that taking their organs for granted has a serious impact on your lifestyle. I have to have dialysis three times a week and if I want to travel I need to make arrangements for a dialysis unit wherever I go. You also can’t travel to places where you can easily pick up an infection.”
The International Society of Nephrology and The International Federation of Kidney Foundations (the organisers of the annual awareness campaign) say that obesity, as well as CKD, is largely preventable. Education and awareness of the risks of obesity and a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise, can dramatically help in preventing obesity and kidney disease.