The World Kidney Day is jointly launched by the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations since 2006. It is an annual event to increase awareness and draw attention to the urgent global need for early detection and prevention of kidney disease.

World Kidney Day 2016 is held on 10 March, with the theme “Kidney Disease & Children. Act Early to Prevent it.”

Certainty encourage you to keep an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Lifestyle Icon  Get active

  • Aim to exercise for 30 minutes most days. Exercise stimulates movement of the bowel, and even gentle exercise like walking helps, and

  • Do your pelvic floor muscle exercises regularly. Obesity, pregnancy, childbirth, regular heavy lifting and a chronic cough can weaken the pelvic floor, but you can strengthen these muscles with specific exercises.

Lifestyle Icon  Lead a positive lifestyle

  • Maintain an ideal body weight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or less. Excess body fat strains the pelvic floor and can lead to bladder and bowel control problems. Speak to your doctor or qualified dietitian for more information about safe ways to lose weight, and

  • Stop smoking. Chronic (long-term) coughing associated with smoking can weaken the muscles of your pelvic floor and lead to bladder and bowel control problems.

Lifestyle Icon  Practice good toilet habits

  • Go to the toilet when you get the urge to open your bowels, as this is the most effective time to completely empty your bowels. Most people get the urge first thing in the morning or following a meal when eating has stimulated the bowel.

  • Get into the correct sitting position on the toilet. Sit on the toilet, elbows on knees, lean forward and support feet with a footstool. This helps to fully relax your pelvic floor and sphincter muscles. Bulge out your tummy, relax your back passage and let go (don’t hold your breath or strain). When you have finished firmly draw up your back passage.

  • Avoid constipation as this affects bladder and bowel function. If you often strain to move your bowels, the pelvic floor stretches and weakens over time.

  • Don't get into the habit of going to the toilet 'just in case' - only go when you need to.

  • Visit your doctor as soon as you suspect a urinary tract infection.