Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Public urged to maintain healthy lifestyle, avoid dialysis

By Joelyn G. Baluyut

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 3 (PIA) -- A doctor from Central Luzon has advised the public to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a way of avoiding dialysis.

“To avoid dialysis, one must maintain a healthy lifestyle, regularly do check-ups, proper diet and exercise,” said Central Luzon Organ Sharing Effort (CLOSE) Head Dr. Joy Mallari who is also the visiting
consultant of JBL Hospital, V.L. Makabali and Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) during a press conference held at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office in line with the
celebration of National Kidney Month last June.

“We all know that having a dialysis is costly, it usually ranges from P30,000 to 50,000 a month, and to prevent this, one should do physical activities,” Mallari explained.

Mallari added that “when we say dialysis, this would be our last resource for us to be alive. In our part, we are labeling or branding the patient that their kidneys only have 10 to 15 percent that is working, so in able to replace the kidney which is not working, dialysis is being done.”

Mallari said a person who undergoes such treatment has an approximate of two to three years that he will be alive.

“Another way to take care of our kidney is one must look into nutrition facts or caloric index when buying processed foods in a store, stop smoking, maintain a healthy diet, exercise and lessen the
intake of alcohol,” Mallari concluded.

According to the Philippine Renal Disease Registry, there are 9,769 dialysis patients in the country, 1,212 of which are from Central Luzon. (CLJD/JGB-PIA3)