Urinalysis, the cheapest way to detect kidney disease – NKTIVIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, August 8 (PIA) – Most Pinoys afraid to undergo urinalysis, or any medical examination. They don’t want to know that they are suffering from any disease, particularly kidney disease.
During the two-day NKTI Message Development Workshop on August 4 and 5 at Ciudad Fernandina Hotel in Vigan City, Dr Antonio R Paraiso, the program manager of the Renal Disease Control and Prevention (REDCOP), said that this notion among Pinoys must be changed. It is because end stage renal diseases treatment such as dialysis is very expensive. And urinalysis is the fastest way to know if one has kidney disease.
Paraiso explained that diabetic and hypertensive patients are at high risk of kidney disease. The NKTI reported that 14,000 Pinoys suffered from end-stage renal disease in 2010. And they are now undergoing dialysis. This is why every Pinoy must undergo urinalysis every year.
According to Lab Test Online.org.au, urinalysis or urine microscopy, is “used as a screening and/or diagnostic tool because it can detect different metabolic and kidney disorders.
Urinalysis is also the cheapest way to detect kidney disease in a person. It is the simplest, one-time screening and diagnostic test, giving 10 signs about the renal (kidney) health of a patient.
REDCOP is into a campaign that persuades Pinoys to undergo yearly urinalysis for early detection. Kidney disease, it says in a report, takes about 15 to 20 years before it “becomes fullblown”. Early detection, experts say, must begin at the ages between 18 to 40 years to prevent the disease. This is because end stage dialysis occurs from ages 40 to 60 years .
In some conditions, it also provides an easy, economical, and relatively fast test to monitor ongoing patient progress, for example, if you want to know whether a condition is getting better or worse.” (ANL/ICR-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)