Sunshine for Kidney Health

What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
Kidney damage builds up wastes in blood and develops complication like high blood pressure, heart disease, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Kidney disease may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis (a procedure to remove waste and excess fluid from the blood by a machine when the kidneys stop working properly) or a kidney transplant to maintain life.

How kidney regulates Vitamin D metabolism?
According to Dr. Michael F. Holick, Boston University School of Medicine, most of the body’s vitamin D requirement is met through exposure to Sunlight and kidney metabolises the active form of vitamin D used by the body. Because activation occurs largely in the kidney, patients with CKD are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency and associated secondary hyperparathyroidism, which decreases bone strength and increases blood calcium, that may result in heart attack.

What causes CKD?
CKD is caused mainly by diabetes and high blood pressure. Other disorders that may result in CKD include kidney stones and infections.

Sun builds optimum vitamin D levels for kidney health and Sun Salutations provide good massage to the kidneys.

Sunlight Prevents Diabetes and Blood Pressure (two main causes of kidney damage), as explained below:

Sun & Blood Pressure.
According to Dr Richard Weller, a senior lecturer in dermatology at the University of Edinburgh, our blood vessels release nitric oxide (NO) when the skin is exposed to the UV rays of the Sun. This acts to lower blood pressure and widens arteries, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes or blood clots.

Sun & Diabetes
Insufficient vitamin D in early life is associated with an increased risk of diabetes type one later in life. As per Dr Elina Hypponen of the Institute of Child Health, University College, London ‘mothers should Sunbathe during pregnancy and babies should Sunbath in the first year’.

According to a study by Eduardo Villamor, associate professor at the University of Michigan, Kids who are deficient in vitamin D accumulated fat around the waist and gained weight more rapidly than kids who got enough vitamin D. Accumulation of abdominal fat, leads to apple body shape, which is commonly linked to increased risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions later in life.

According to Armin Zitterman from the Heart and Diabetes Center, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany ‘Hypovitaminosis D results in type two diabetes.

Diabetes type one:
An autoimmune disease, our own soldiers responsible for defence mechanism attack on cells responsible for making insulin hormone. Insulin manages glucose in our blood stream by either using it or storing as an energy reserve. Build-up of glucose in blood is diabetes.

Diabetes type two:
Generally develops past the age of forty, but it can develop before. Once developed, it lasts lifelong. Diabetes type two can be managed by working out and by healthy eating. Otherwise medication is required. Overweight makes it difficult for the body to use insulin correctly.

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