Chronic renal disease on the increase
Reversing to traditional food habits may help combat chronic renal
disease spreading in the country, research revealed.
Chronic renal disease, commonly known as kidney failure is on the
rise in the North Central Province and is likely to spread to other
parts of the country, Gallege Punyawardana of the Swarna Hansa
“Agrochemical pollution in the water bodies of the area is the cause
of the disease”, Punyawardana said.
Prof. S. Bandara of the Peradeniya University who has conducted
extensive research on chronic renal disease said, Chronic Kidney Disease
(CKD), also known as Chronic renal disease is a progressive loss of
renal function over a period of months or years.
Symptoms of worsening kidney function are unspecific and might
include feeling generally unwell and a reduced appetite. “Usually the
patients detect the kidney failure in the last stages of the disease as
cadmium toxins accumulate over time,” he said.
“The best we can do is to eat plenty of fibre like green leaves to
trap the colloidal cadmium to remove it from the body,” the Professor
He emphasised that people should reverse to traditional food habits
and consume plenty of dietary fibre while prevent ingesting toxins like
“The best natural method to purify reservoirs and water is to grow
the lotus (Nelum) on river banks just like our ancestors,” Prof. Bandara
He said Walbeli and Kumbuk were also good alternatives.
However, at the rate of development takes place, pollution is on the
rise and even these solutions may be insufficient to stop the disease,
the Professor added.