The October heat is known to affect our bodies in negative ways. Here are expert tips to take care of the kidneys in hot and humid conditions.
October has been mainly pleasant so far, with rainy weather bringing a nip in the air but usually in this month, which is consider the post-monsoon period, high temperature and humidity are common.
The October heat is known to affect our bodies in negative ways. According to experts, kidney ailments are expect in October as the hot weather can cause dehydration and affect kidneys adversely.
People on blood pressure or heart medications need to be extra careful as the hot and humid conditions can impact their kidney health.
“In hot temperatures, kidney ailments like the formation of kidney stones, urine infections, exacerbation of existing kidney ailments. The hot weather can cause dehydration and lead to concentrated urine, which leads to higher chances of stone formation. Due to a higher concentration of urine, the risk of bacterial infections in urine increases.
Hot weather can add to excessive sweating and increase dehydration, lowering blood pressure and causing kidney damage.
The risk of acute kidney injuries in people with blood pressure medications, heart medications and patients with transplant is very high,” says Dr Shruti Tapiawala, Consultant Nephrologist and Renal Transplant Physician at Global Hospital, Parel Mumbai.
In severely hot temperatures, heat illness can also happen.
Dehydration leads to a low blood volume and, consequently, low blood pressure, which decreases blood flow to the kidney and decreases kidney function.
In heat illness, many metabolic functions start to shut down and affect kidney function. Muscles start to break down, and the breakdown of products can damage the kidney.
1. Maintain adequate hydration with various fluids like natural drinks- coconut water, buttermilk, water, green tea etc.
2. an excellent meter to ensure hydration is to look at the urine colour. If the colour is like water, it suggests adequate hydration.
3. Avoid painkillers that can damage the kidneys- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen, nimesulide and Cox 2- inhibitors like Coxibs. These can cause severe kidney damage when in a dehydrated state.
4. If a patient takes multiple medications, consult your doctor regarding medication adjustment.