Chronic Kidney Disease in India 

Unmasking the silent 


Dr Suneeti Ashwinikumar Khandekar

Diet and Kidney Academy - A complete online solution to Indian Renal Nutrition

In the bustling streets of India, amidst the vibrant colors and rich culture, lies a silent predator that often goes unnoticed: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). 

Despite its prevalence, CKD remains -

Under-Reported as very few are aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease which can be 'caught' in its early stages, under-evaluated since it is caught later during its progress, 

Under-Diagnosed because it is detected during its later stages, 

Under-Treated because patients come with a full-blown disease and may be difficult to manage, 

and all this because patients are Under-Educated about this disease which silents starts somewhere in our kidneys and gradually and rampantly spreads across the two million nephrons in our kidneys, leading to their permanent damage.

The lack of basic knowledge about CKD contributes to its insidious nature. 

Information about this condition is scattered, scanty, and often induces fear rather than awareness. 

This ignorance creates a breeding ground for its progression, silently affecting lives until it reaches critical stages. 

One of the key contributors to the rising tide of CKD in India is the changing dietary landscape. 

The consumption of fast food and ready-to-eat meals has become ubiquitous, leading to a surge in obesity rates. 

As the waistlines expand, so do the risks of developing diabetes and hypertension, with India earning the unfortunate title of the diabetes capital of the world.

The vicious cycle continues as stress levels rise in our fast-paced society, exacerbating the prevalence of hypertension.

 Over time, individuals grappling with diabetes and hypertension unknowingly set foot on the path towards CKD. 

What starts as seemingly manageable conditions gradually snowball into a life-altering diagnosis.

It's time to shine a spotlight on CKD and break the silence surrounding it. Education is our most potent weapon in this battle.

 By spreading awareness about the risk factors, symptoms, and preventive measures, we can empower individuals to take charge of their health.

Regular health check-ups, adopting a balanced diet, staying physically active, and managing stress are crucial steps in safeguarding against CKD. 

Additionally, early detection through routine screenings can significantly improve outcomes and quality of life for those affected by this silent menace.

Let us join hands to rewrite the narrative of CKD in India. Together, we can turn the tide against this silent killer, a silent life-snatcher, ensuring a healthier and brighter future for generations to come.