Nephrologists identifies use of supplements as cause of kidney disease

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A medical practitioner based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Dr Manda David-West, has revealed that the use of supplements and the abuse of pain killers are major causes of kidney disease.

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David-West, who is the Head of Nephrology Department at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, also noted that people with diabetes and hypertension are at high risk of coming down with kidney disease.

Speaking against the backdrop of World Kidney Day, David-West advised that it is important for people to carryout routine health check, for early detection of kidney disease.

She also encouraged people to increase their water consumption, avoid smoking and cut down on alcohol intake.

World Kidney Day is celebrated annually on March 10.

The theme for this year is, “Kidney Health for All – Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable.”

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