If YOU are concerned about diabetes, which can lead to kidney failure, don’t miss the StarLIVE talk at Menara Star this Saturday.
Despite being aware that diabetes can cause their kidneys to fail, many people do not take steps to prevent or delay the chronic disease, said consultant nephrologist Dr Tan Li Peng who will be speaking on the topic.
More than 60% of kidney failure stems from diabetes, said Dr Li Peng, who will talk about how diabetes affects kidney functions as well as blood sugar management and complications.
While signs of poor kidney functions include leg swelling, increase in blood pressure, nausea, loss of appetite and bubbly urine, he pointed out that early symptoms of kidney disease might not be obvious so patients should go for regular testing and monitoring.
Joining him at StarLIVE is consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon Dr Tan Kia Lean who will speak about preparing patients for dialysis.
“The prevalence of end stage renal failure is increasing rapidly in this country, with over 30,000 dialysis patients now,” he said, urging patients not to delay renal replacement therapy if they have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
Dr Kia Lean will highlight treatment options, preparing patients mentally and physically, as well as dispel common misconceptions about dialysis treatment.
At StarLIVE, there will be a free microalbuminuria test, which measures the amount of albumin in the urine, for the first 100 attendees.
Albumin is a protein that the body uses for cell growth and to help repair tissues; it is normally present in the blood.
A certain level of it in your urine may be a sign of kidney damage.
The StarLIVE talk organised by The Star and Ramsay Sime Darby will be held this Saturday (April 20) at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya. Admission is free and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register at http://starlive.eventbrite.com.