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“It is so silent we take it for granted,” says Dr Samuel Kariuki Kabinga, a nephrologist (specialises in the kidneys and diseases that affect them). “But when the kidneys fail, the repercussions are profound for the individual owning those kidneys,” he says.
Statistics from the Kenya Renal Association estimate that more than four million Kenyans (one in ten) have kidney disease. The number is projected to rise to 4.8 million by 2030.
Although the kidneys are best known for producing urine, they also make hormones that help with the formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow and balance all the fluids and chemicals found in different amounts and proportions inside and outside the body’s billions of cells.
All of the body’s blood passes through the kidneys 40 times every single day. “Keeping the body’s juices suitably balanced would be hard work for a chemical engineer; the kidney makes it look easy, most of the time,” says Dr Kabinga.
To care for your kidneys, the expert advises we drink sufficient water. “Water doesn’t have to come in eight glasses daily. Fresh fruits and vegetables and various beverages such as milk and tea are suitable sources of hydration. Being hydrated means consuming enough fluids to the point where you’re not thirsty, Dr Kabinga says, and that amount varies for everyone.