National Kidney Foundation of Kenya

The National Kidney Foundation of Kenya is a local Kenyan Foundation and a valued council member of IFKF with the mandate to promote Kidney Health for all.

Mission: Kidney Health For all in Kenya and the Larger East African Region

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[12/07/17]   What can you do for your kidneys?
Kidney diseases are silent killers, which will largely affect your quality of life. There are however several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease.

Keep fit and active
Keeping fit helps to reduce your blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease.

The concept “on the move for kidney health” is a worldwide collective march involving the public, celebrities and professionals moving across a public area by walking, running and cycling. Why not join them – by whatever means you prefer! Check out the events section of the WKD website for more information.

Keep regular control of your blood sugar level
About half of people who have diabetes develop kidney damage, so it is important for people with diabetes to have regular tests to check their kidney functions.

Kidney damage from diabetes can be reduced or prevented if detected early. It is important to keep control of blood sugar levels with the help of doctors or pharmacists, who are always happy to help.

Monitor your blood pressure
Although many people may be aware that high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack, few know that it is also the most common cause of kidney damage.

The normal blood pressure level is 120/80. Between this level and 139/89, you are considered prehypertensive and should adopt lifestyle and dietary changes. At 140/90 and above, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and montior your blood pressure level regularly. High blood pressure is especially likely to cause kidney damage when associated with other factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and Cardio- Vascular Diseases.

Eat healthy and keep your weight in check
This can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with Chronic Kidney Disease.

Reduce your salt intake. The recommended sodium intake is 5-6 grams of salt per day (around a teaspoon). In order to reduce your salt intake, try and limit the amount of processed and restaurant food and do not add salt to food. It will be easier to control your intake if you prepare the food yourself with fresh ingredients. For more information on nutrition and kidney friendly cooking, visit our nutrition page

Maintain a healthy fluid intake
Although clinical studies have not reached an agreement on the ideal quantity of water and other fluids we should consume daily to maintain good health, traditional wisdom has long suggested drinking 1.5 to 2 litres (3 to 4 pints) of water per day.

Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease, according to researchers in Australia and Canada. The findings, the researchers said, do not advocate “aggressive fluid loading”, which can cause side effects, but they do provide evidence that moderately increased water intake, around two litres daily, may reduce the risk of decline in kidney function. It’s important to keep in mind that the right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy and breast feeding. In addition, people who have already had a kidney stone are advised to drink 2 to 3 litres of water daily to lessen the risk of forming a new stone.

Do not smoke
Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. When less blood reaches the kidneys, it impairs their ability to function properly. Smoking also increases the risk of kidney cancer by about 50 percent.

Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis
Common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly.

Such medications probably do not pose significant danger if your kidneys are relatively healthy and you use them for emergencies only, but if you are dealing with chronic pain, such as arthritis or back pain, work with your doctor to find a way to control your pain without putting your kidneys at risk.

Get your kidney function checked if you have one or more of the ‘high risk’ factors
you have diabetes
you have hypertension
you are obese
one of your parents or other family members suffers from kidney disease
you are of African, Asian, or Aboriginal origin

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[11/22/17]   *DIABETES AND KIDNEY DISEASE*
Let's learn a little something about diabetes a key risk factor in kidney disease. With almost 4million Kenyans suffering from Diabetes and predisposed to kidney disease this knowledge is important. There 15 Remedies to Treat Diabetes at Home
and as I said earlier Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure. (If you are troubled by diabetes for years or you are at risk, importance should be attached here.)
First, let's know what is diabetes. The abnormally elevated sugar in the blood is called diabetes. There are two primary reasons behind diabetes - one is when our body stops producing insulin and second is when the body does not respond to insulin that is produced by the body. Insulin is broken down by the body and used as energy, which is transported to the cells. There are two types of diabetes - Type I diabetes and Type II diabetes. Let's know about them in a little detail:

*Type I diabetes*
Type I diabetes usually occurs in people who are below the age 20 and that is why it is also called as juvenile diabetes. In this type, the body becomes partially or completely unable to produce insulin. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease. In this, your immune system attacks the pancreas from where the insulin is produced, thereby making the pancreas inefficient or unable to produce insulin. Type I diabetes cannot be prevented, it can only be controlled with healthy lifestyle changes.

*Type II diabetes*
Type II diabetes is more common than Type I diabetes in Kenya . Type II diabetes usually affects people who are above the age of 40. This type of diabetes is due to insulin resistance. In this case, the pancreas produces insulin but the body is not able to respond to it properly. There can be many reasons behind type II diabetes. Some of the reasons can be being overweight, high blood pressure, having a poor diet, taking too much stress, hormone imbalance, certain medications and leading a sedentary lifestyle. Type II diabetes can be reversed.
Let's us know some natural ways by which we can treat diabetes at home:

*What not to eat:*
There are some foods which can negatively impact your diabetes. So, the first thing you need to do is to remove these foods from your diet.

1. *Refined sugar* - We all know that sugar, until it is in its most natural form, is bad for people suffering from diabetes. When consumed, refined sugar spikes the blood sugar rapidly. Sometimes even the natural form like honey can cause a sudden spike in the blood sugar levels. So, it's better to avoid refined sugar by all means if you are a diabetic.

2. *Whole grains* - Grains that have gluten in them should be avoided. Gluten is associated with diabetes as its intake can cause leaky gut leading to inflammation which in turn can lead to auto immune diseases.

3. *Alcohol* - Alcohol consumption is directly related to diabetes. Alcohol not only damages your liver but also attacks the pancreas that produces insulin. Diabetes is linked to consumption of heavy alcohol which is two to three glasses a day. Beer should especially be avoided as it has a lot of carbohydrates.

4. *Cow's milk* - Just like whole grains, cow milk can trigger the immune system which can lead to inflammation. Milk coming from sheep and goat is not harmful in fact it helps to maintain the blood sugar level. But the conventional cow milk can be dangerous for you if you are suffering from diabetes.

5. *GMO foods* - GMO foods have the capability to promote diabetes along with causing liver and kidney diseases. Go for products which are labeled as GMO-free.
What to eat and do

*Cinnamon*
Cinnamon contains a bioactive compound that can help to fight and prevent diabetes. Cinnamon is known to stimulate the insulin activity and thus regulate the blood sugar level. As excess of anything is bad, likewise cinnamon if taken in excess can increase the risk of liver damage due to a compound called coumarin present in it. The true cinnamon, not the one buy from shops (Cassia cinnamon) is safer to have.
How to consume cinnamon
- Mix half or one teaspoon of grounded cinnamon with warm water and have it once daily.
- Boil raw cinnamon in 2 glasses of water. Let it cool for 30 minutes and have it daily.

*Aloe vera*
Aloe vera is easily found in Indian households. Though it's bitter in taste, but combing it with buttermilk makes it taste better. Usually, aloe vera is used for beauty purposes but as it has anti-inflammatory properties it can heal the wounds. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is said to control the blood sugar levels.

*Jamun*...(Ngara Market)
Jamun and its leaves have proven to be helpful in lowering the blood sugar levels. Consuming approximately 100 grams of Jamun every day is said to show tremendous improvement in your blood sugar levels.

*Vitamin C*
Vitamin C is not only good for skin but also for diabetes. Recent studies have shown that consuming approximately 600 mg of Vitamin C daily can improve the blood sugar level significantly. People who have chronic diabetes should consume foods rich in Vitamin C every day. Some foods rich in Vitamin C are amla, orange, tomato and blueberry.

*Exercise* (If you are Nairobi talk to Clyde)
One of the main reasons behind type II diabetes is being overweight. Any kind of physical activity, be it yoga, Zumba, aerobics, gymming, playing sports can significantly improve blood sugar level by maintaining your weight. Not only this, walking every day can help to reduce the blood sugar level tremendously.

[10/18/17]   YOUR KIDNEYS: DO YOU KNOW THESE FACTS?
1. Kidneys are important because they:
Filter blood
Keep the right amount of fluids in the body
Help make red blood cells
Help keep blood pressure under control
2. Risk factors for kidney disease include:
Diabetes
High blood pressure
Being 60 years or older
Having a family member with kidney disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure

3. Over time, kidney disease can:
Get worse
Lead to kidney failure
Cause heart and blood vessel disease
Cause other health problems

4. People with risk factors should get tested regularly because:
In the early stages of kidney disease, most people don’t have symptoms
Kidney disease can be treated

5. Tests to find kidney disease include:
A simple urine test called ACR (albumin-to-creatinine ratio). Having protein in the urine is a sign of kidney disease.
A simple blood test to estimate your GFR (glomerular filtration rate). GFR is the best way to tell how well your kidneys are working.

6. Some ways to protect kidneys are:
Keep blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control
Lose weight, if needed
Eat healthy meals
Take all medicines as prescribed
Get regular exercise
Don’t smoke
Limit alcohol
Avoid some over-the-counter medicines (such as aspirin, naxoproxin, or ibuprofen) because they can harm kidneys
One is every Four Kenyans has some form of kidney disease.

[06/19/17]   *ST. PETER'S SEMINARY HARAMBEE CONTRIBUTIONS*
Dear all, we invite you to support St. Peter's Seminary Mukumu in its endeavor to improve its infrastructure in order to enroll more boys next year. Thank you all as you graciously give your contributions.
*TODAY'S UPDATES*
1. Francis Olado 15000
2. Valentine Imonje 5000
3. Eric Wabuyabo 13000/eric 6000paybill +7000 mpesa
4. Eric Mutsotso 5000
5. Fr. Bernard Ikalia 1000
6. Duncan Kakai 2000 p/b
7. Fabian Moshi 10000(8000+2000/Eric)
8. Wawire Chrispus 10000 P/B
9. Antony Wesonga 8000
10. Kizito Masheti 2000/eric
11. Celestine Okuku 10,000
12. Vitalis Juma 20,000
13. Ken Iloka 20,000
14. Fr. Franklin Sanya 10,000(2000 p/b + 8000cash)
15. Ernest Tindi 3,000
16. Dickson Kakayi 1000
17. Garvase Wakoli 10,000
18. Frederick Makhatsa 2000/eric
19. James Chisakane 2000
20. Joseph Ileka 10,000
21. Ambrose Kanali 2,000
22. Antony Saisi 5,000
23. Joseph Nyongesa 2,000
24. Andrew Omalla 9,000/Eric
25. Paul Barasa 5,000
26.Fr.Allan Selempo3000 /Clyde

*TOTAL CASH 185,000 i.e 18.5% of target*
*PLEDGES/BALANCE*
1. Eric Wabuyabo -7,000
2. Francis Olado-5,000
3. Valentine Imonje-18,000
4. Vincent Opiyo-$100: +254 706 330362
5. Eddie -3,000 :+254728150801
7. Duncan Kakai 8000
8. Albert Musando 2000
9. Fabian Mwoshi 12000
10. Fr. Franklin Sanya 10000
11. Jeremiah Washiali 4000
12. Ben Ogega 5000
13. Nicholas Liseche 20000
14. Paul Barasa 15,000
*TOTAL PLEDGES 109,000 i.e 10.9% of target*

*Total PLEDGES & CASH KES 294,000 i.e 29.4% of Target*

*Mpesa Valentine 0722628365 or Eric 0720 424218*

Have a blessed day.

...basic but key information for your kidney health

Kidney Disease & Obesity
Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. In 2014, worldwide over 600 million adults were obese.

Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development of kidney disease. It increases the risk of developing 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 individuals 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 good news is 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.

This year World Kidney Day promotes education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that make preventive behaviors an affordable option.

The relation between Kidney Disease and Obesity
Kidney disease is more likely to develop in obese people including in those with diabetes and hypertension.

By 2025, obesity will affect 18% of men and over 21% of women worldwide, and that severe obesity will affect 6% of all men and 9% of all women around the world. In some nations, obesity is already present in more than one-third of the adult population and contributes significantly to overall poor health and high annual medical costs.

In the general population, obesity increases the risk of death and contributes to many other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, fatty liver, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, various cancers, mental disorders, and poor quality of life.

A growing body of evidence indicates that obesity is also a potent risk factor for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). People who are overweight or obese have 2 to 7 more chances of developing ESRD compared to those of normal weight.

Obesity may lead to CKD both indirectly by increasing type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, and also by causing direct kidney damage by increasing the workload of the kidneys and other mechanisms.

Reducing obesity may reverse or slow CKD progression.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a serious condition that develops suddenly, often lasts a short time and may disappear completely once the underlying cause has been treated, but it can also have long-lasting consequences with life-long problems. AKI occurs more frequently in obese people.

[02/13/16]   What can you do for your kidneys?
Kidney diseases are silent killers, which will largely affect your quality of life. There are however several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease.

1.Keep fit and active
Keeping fit helps to reduce your blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease.

The concept “on the move for kidney health” is a worldwide collective march involving the public, celebrities and professionals moving across a public area by walking, running and cycling. Why not join them – by whatever means you prefer! Check out the events section of the WKD website for more information.

2.Keep regular control of your blood sugar level
About half of people who have diabetes develop kidney damage, so it is important for people with diabetes to have regular tests to check their kidney functions.

Kidney damage from diabetes can be reduced or prevented if detected early. It is important to keep control of blood sugar levels with the help of doctors or pharmacists, who are always happy to help.

3.Monitor your blood pressure
Although many people may be aware that high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack, few know that it is also the most common cause of kidney damage.

The normal blood pressure level is 120/80. Between this level and 139/89, you are considered prehypertensive and should adopt lifestyle and dietary changes. At 140/90 and above, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and montior your blood pressure level regularly. High blood pressure is especially likely to cause kidney damage when associated with other factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and Cardio- Vascular Diseases.

4.Eat healthy and keep your weight in check
This can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with Chronic Kidney Disease.

Reduce your salt intake. The recommended sodium intake is 5-6 grams of salt per day (around a teaspoon). In order to reduce your salt intake, try and limit the amount of processed and restaurant food and do not add salt to food. It will be easier to control your intake if you prepare the food yourself with fresh ingredients. For more information on nutrition and kidney friendly cooking, visit our nutrition page

5.Maintain a healthy fluid intake
Although clinical studies have not reached an agreement on the ideal quantity of water and other fluids we should consume daily to maintain good health, traditional wisdom has long suggested drinking 1.5 to 2 litres (3 to 4 pints) of water per day.

Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease, according to researchers in Australia and Canada. The findings, the researchers said, do not advocate “aggressive fluid loading”, which can cause side effects, but they do provide evidence that moderately increased water intake, around two litres daily, may reduce the risk of decline in kidney function. It’s important to keep in mind that the right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy and breast feeding. In addition, people who have already had a kidney stone are advised to drink 2 to 3 litres of water daily to lessen the risk of forming a new stone.

6.Do not smoke
Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. When less blood reaches the kidneys, it impairs their ability to function properly. Smoking also increases the risk of kidney cancer by about 50 percent.

7.Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis
Common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly.

Such medications probably do not pose significant danger if your kidneys are relatively healthy and you use them for emergencies only, but if you are dealing with chronic pain, such as arthritis or back pain, work with your doctor to find a way to control your pain without putting your kidney at risk.

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