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Kidney Wellbeing Lessons from Dr. Prakash K C

Dr. Prakash K C is enlightening the path of nephrologists for the last 36 yearsHe is a qualified nephrologist and deals with the management and diagnosis of kidney diseases. Dr. Prakash K C is one of the prominent Nephrologists we have in India. He achieved a Young Investigator Award in 1993 by the Japanese Society of Nephrology. He is an active member of the Indian Medical Association, Tamil Nadu Medical Council, Association of Physicians of India, Indian Society of Nephrology and Peritoneal Dialysis Society of India. He is currently working as a consultant, physician at Apollo Hospital, Chennai. His qualification includes DNB in 1988 from DNB board New Delhi, MD in 1982 from M.P. Shah Government Medical College and MBBS in 1978 from M.P. Shah Government Medical College.

Dr. Prakash K C, Nephrologist

Dr. Prakash K C has done inevitable job research and published his research articles on the following topics.

  • Infections I early post-transplant period in tropical countries
  • Hemodialysis using singly lumen subclavian catheter and double pump. An initial experience
  • Glomerular filtration rate by Tc99m DTPA compared with endogenous creatinine clearance to assess prospective live related donors Renal graft function - One-year study (In relation to donor-specific transfusion and third-party transfusion in one haplotype match)Cadaveric Renal transplant program - Our initial experience Ind journal of Neph NS vol7.


What is Nephrology?

Nephrology is a field of internal medicine that concentrates on the treatment of diseases that involve the kidneys, its functions, disease diagnosis, treatment and related conditions.


Our kidneys are fist-sized bean-shaped organs located at the bottom of our ribcage, besides both sides of the spine. Kidneys regulate the pH, salt and potassium concentration in our body fluids. Its main function includes filtration of waste products, excess water and other impurities from the blood. The waste then collected into the urinary bladder, then expelled out through the urinary tract. So, kidneys play a vital role in the filtration and purification of waste products.

Apart from this, it also synthesis hormones that control blood pressure and regulate the production of RBCs.

An additional function of kidneys is to activate vitamin D that helps our body to absorb calcium for building bones and controlling muscle function.


Major Treatments


Hemodialysis is a treatment to purify wastes and water from the blood, as the kidneys did when they were healthy. Hemodialysis facilitates controlling blood pressure and balances out important minerals, such as potassium, sodium, and calcium, in your blood.

Hemodialysis can help patients feel better and live longer, but it is not a cure for kidney failure.


Ureteroscopy (URS) is a method of marginally invasive surgery using a miniature telescope that is bypassed through the urethra and into the ureter to eliminate a stone. Sometimes, the stone necessitates fragmentation with a laser which then permits the smaller fragments to remove with a clasping device. Less than 10-15% or urethral stones need surgical intervention. URS is almost 95% successful in eliminating stones in the lower ureter and about 85-90% effective in curing and eliminating stones in the upper ureter and kidney.


Nephrectomy is the surgical method to remove a kidney. The process is performed to cure kidney cancer as well as more related kidney diseases. In most cases, a urologist surgeon performs a nephrectomy is to wipe out a tumor from the kidney. These tumors are typically cancerous, but they can be noncancerous, vary from case to case. A nephrectomy is also performed to eliminate a healthy kidney from a donor (either living or deceased) for transplantation. Thousands of nephrectomies are executed every year in the U.S.


Here are some best ways to keep our kidneys healthy.

1. Stay nutritious and do exercises.

Daily workout is great for more than just our waistline. It can reduce the threat of chronic kidney disease. It helps in lowering your blood pressure and enhance your heart fitness, which crucial for preventing kidney damage.


2. Regulate your blood sugar

People with diabetes, or an ailment that affects high blood sugar, may possibly develop kidney damage. When your body’s cells cannot use the glucose (sugar) in our blood, our kidneys are pushed to do extra arduous work to perform its function of blood purification. Throughout years of exertion, this can lead to life-endangering loss.


3. Monitor blood pressure

High blood pressure can affect kidney impairment. If high blood pressure ensues with other health concerns like diabetes, heart disease, or high cholesterol, it can severely impact kidney health.

Proper diet and regular monitoring of blood pressure can reduce the risk of any severe kidney damage.

Monitor blood pressure

4. Weight Control

People who are obese are at elevated risk for numerous health illnesses that can harm the kidneys. These include diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.

A healthy diet comprised of low in sodium, processed meats, and other kidney-damaging foods may improve reducing the probability of kidney damage. Emphasis on consuming fresh ingredients that are naturally low sodium, like cauliflower, blueberries, fish, whole grains, and more.


5. More Liquids

More Liquids

There is no magic behind the truism advice to drink eight glasses of water a day, but it is a decent target specifically as it urges us to remain hydrated. Routine, constant water intake is healthy for our kidneys.

Water facilitates clear out sodium and toxins from our kidneys. It also reduces the risk of chronic kidney disease.

Maintaining an effective, health-conscious lifestyle is the finest thing we can do to make sure your kidneys stay healthy.

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