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linked to obesity
World Kidney Day will be ob-
served around the globe this Thurs-
And in commemoration of this day,
the Kidney Recipient Support Group of
T&T (KRSGTT) will be hosting its eight
annual Walkathon and Health Fair at
the Eddie Hart Grounds in Tacarigua,
World Kidney Day is celebrated in-
ternationally on the second Thursday
in March each year, and the theme for
2017 is Kidney Disease and Obesity.
The purpose of World Kidney Day is
to raise global awareness of the impor-
tance of our kidneys.
Last year, Guardian Media Ltd
launched the Gift of Life campaign
aimed at promoting public awareness
about organ donation and transplants
with the aim of encouraging citizens
to augment this country's donor pool.
According to statistics from the Min-
istry of Health's National Organ Trans-
plant Unit (Notu), there are over 100
people currently on their waiting list
who do not have someone to donate a
kidney to them and are hoping to get
one from a deceased donor.
The reality is that there are hundreds
more who have not completed all the
required documents and have not been
added to the Notu waiting list yet.
According to the Notu, approximate-
ly 500 people are in need of kidney
transplants in this country and that
number grows by approximately 40
every year with a "very large number"
of people dying annually while waiting.
Obesity is a potent risk factor for the
development of kidney disease.
According to the World Kidney Day
website "obesity is defined as abnormal
or excessive fat accumulation that may
In 2014, worldwide over 600 million
adults were obese.
"(Obesity) increases the risk of de-
veloping major risk factors of Chronic
Kidney Disease (CKD), like diabetes and
hypertension, and it has a direct impact
on the development of CKD and end
stage renal disease (ESRD): in individu-
als affected by obesity, the kidneys have
to work harder, filtering more blood
than normal (hyperfiltration) to meet
the metabolic demands of the increased
body weight. The increase in function
can damage the kidney and raise the risk
of developing CKD in the long-term,"
the World Kidney Day website stated.
"The good news," however, is that
obesity, as well as CKD, is "largely
"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," the web-
Candice Edwards of the KRSGTT
said the organisation will be pro-
moting education about the harmful
consequences of obesity and its asso-
ciation with kidney disease as well as
advocating healthy lifestyle and health
policy measures that make preventive
behaviours an affordable option.
"On World Kidney Day we usually
hold symposiums at different compa-
nies to talk about kidney disease and
the theme for that particular year and
we will usually host screenings and
have a lecture by a kidney specialist.
This year, we will have a dietician and
the role of proper diet in maintaining
health," Edwards said.
The KRSGTT usually holds its health
fair on the Sunday following World
The Health Fair will be held be-
tween 1 pm and 4 pm at the Eddie Hart
"We will be doing free screenings
for high blood pressure, diabetes, cho-
lesterol as well as calculating people's
Body Mass Index (BMI), plus free con-
sultation with a nutritionists," she said.
"We will also have nurses from the
regional health authorities there and
people will also get the chance to sign
up and become donors. We will have
people from the National Organ Trans-
plant Unit there as well talking about
kidney donation because, believe it
or not, a lot of people in Trinidad and
Tobago for different reasons are fear-
ful of giving, so we want to build that
Registration for the walkathon costs
Interest people are asked to contact
708-2716 or email enquiries to
Patricipants at last year's Kidney Recipients Support Group of Trinidad and Tobago's Walkathon
...support group to host
walkathon next Sunday
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