Nigerians have been advised to engage in regular exercise in order to prevent obesity and kidney-related diseases.
Experts also advised that in order to maintain kidney health, people must cut back on protein, especially animal products such as meat.
The professionals maintained that damaged kidneys might fail to remove protein waste products from the blood.
As such, the physicians said, people must avoid eating high-fat diets because they were high in cholesterol.
High-sodium foods were also condemned, as are too much potassium in foods.
The guest speaker and Professor of Medicine/Consultant Nephrologist at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Fatiu Arogundade, gave the advice while speaking on the topic: ‘Effects of kidney disease and obesity.’
The event, which was organized in collaboration with the Cedar Group Hospital, featured health practitioners giving medical advice on how to avoid kidney disease, and how to manage the same among those living with it.
Arogundade recommended a life of moderate exercise, saying that regular physical exercise, alongside sensible dietary habit, would help anyone to live a healthy life.
He stressed that energy intake should equate energy expenditure.
According to him, many Nigerians confuse stress for exercise and expect positive result.
He said, “The duration of any physical exercise matters. Exercise of one hour that is sustained on a regular basis, which may be three to four times a week, is what we are looking at.
“The exercise we need here is the type that should burn enough calories. We should engage in regular exercise to reduce our weight, to bring our weight to the optimal level, and to maintain a healthy lifestyle, healthy kidneys, healthy heart and overall health in all ramifications.”
The nephrologist explained that the chances of becoming obese increase as people grow older, noting that healthy lifestyle and good diet were important if we must keep up with normal weight.
Also speaking at the event, family physician and the Chief Operating Officer of Cedar Group Hospital, Dr. Chukwuma Ogunbor, urged Nigerians to make regular medical check-ups a top priority.
Ogunbor noted that regular medical check-up would prevent many diseases from taking root, saying prevention has always been proved to be better than cure.
“Regular health examinations and tests can help find problems before they start. They can also help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.
“By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life,” he said.
He expressed displeasure over situations whereby Nigerians only seek medical attention when their condition has worsened.
He called for lifestyle modifications, adding, “Our choice of lifestyle is contributing to the increasing numbers of obesity and kidney-related diseases in the country.
“Obesity increases the risk of developing major risk factors for chronic kidney disease, such as diabetes and hypertension, and it has a direct impact on the development of CKD and end-stage renal disease.
“The good news is that obesity 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,” Ogunbor said.
Source: The Punch Newspaper