World Kidney Day

Timmins, ON — The nephrology program at Timmins and District hospital is dedicated to all Nephrology patients and their families. This year TADH will be supporting World Kidney Day and women’s health by offering two yoga classes with Dr. Sonal Zilka, some kidney health tips and meet and greet with our TAP ambassador for our new ORN initiative for living donor transplant. Please join us at the lecture theater 10:00 am and 1:30 pm for free yoga, and enjoy the different information and activities we will be providing.

Dr. Malvinder Parmar, Medical Director of Internal Medicine & Nephrology, explains kidney failure such as “Diabetes is the commonest cause of kidney failure and we know that there is a relationship between lack of glucose control and complications like blindness and kidney failure. So, if you have diabetes, the optimum glucose and blood pressure control is very important to delay the onset and progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. Individuals with diabetes or kidney disease, who are able to get diagnosis and treatment early, experience a higher quality of life and are able to maintain their day-to-day activities that they love, including their jobs. I would like you to know or be aware that you can head off kidney disease, stop its progression and postpone of prevent dialysis or transplant after detection by doing a simple urine test.

According to World Kidney Day website, socioeconomic and cultural factors also contribute to a disproportionate burden of kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 195 million women worldwide and currently is the 8th leading cause of death in women. According to National Kidney Foundation, 10% of the population worldwide is affected by chronic kidney disease and millions die each year because they do not have access to affordable treatment. Over 2 million people worldwide currently receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive. In people aged 65 through 74 worldwide, it is estimated that one in five men, and one in four women, have CKD. With early diagnosis and treatment, it's possible to slow or stop the progression of kidney disease.

This year, the theme is women’s kidney health and, on its 13th anniversary, WKD promotes affordable and equitable access to health education, healthcare and prevention for kidney disease for all women and girls in the world. It is a day to have awareness and promote proper care of your health and disease. World kidney day and women’s day have combined efforts in the promotion of health and awareness.

The Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) is a level B, fully accredited community, referral and teaching hospital serving the residents of the City of Timmins and Cochrane District as well as the adjoining areas of the Temiskaming, Sudbury and Algoma districts. The hospital offers a full range of medical, surgical, critical care, maternity, newborn, pediatric, mental health and diagnostic imaging services.