On World Kidney Day, let's remind ourselves that 'health is wealth'! A startling number of 850 million people worldwide are estimated to be suffering from kidney diseases, that cause 2.4 million deaths per year. This is a shocking statistic indeed and a grim reminder to all health-conscious individuals. Across India too, the number of chronic kidney related ailments are on the rise. Changing one's lifestyle, according to doctors, is the best way to prevent medical conditions that are caused by being overweight or obese. This year, World Kidney Day sets out to raise global awareness of chronic kidney diseases. Remember, your kidneys also control the bloodstream levels of many molecules as well as minerals including potassium and sodium. This also means that your kidneys control the salt and water in your body so that the pressure remains the same. It is recommended that everyone should pitch in to advocate concrete measures to improve kidney care. Now here are simple and doable ways to improve kidney care: 1. Most kidney diseases can be prevented. The first and most important step is to adopt healthy lifestyles. Wondering how? Stick to a disciplined and nutritious diet. Avoid junk food and eat responsibly. Make exercise and walking a daily part of your routine so that obesity does not set in early. Drink enough water. Also Read: Five ways Social Media has revolutionized medical care 2. Mandatory screening at least once a year for kidney diseases is a must for every family member. For high-risk individuals, early diagnosis, as well as treatment, is critical in terms of preventing a kidney illness. 3. Kidney patients should continuously monitor their cholesterol and blood pressure. 4. All kinds of diets are being touted around as 'effective', particularly high protein diet. However, don't jump into such diets without consulting your doctor. Worldwide, most physicians point out that those with kidney diseases should avoid a high protein diet. Their rationale is simple - when you take in more proteins, your body produces what is known as 'protein' waste. If you have a kidney-related ailment, it reduces your body's ability to process 'protein waste'. Worse, if you retain excess waste in your system, you may suffer conditions like weakness, anorexia, nausea and so on. Simply put, take charge of your health!