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This is not unusual. A very common thing that everyone does, but not something good to be practiced and of course, its always good to let the experts to do their job. I came accross this article in one of our local news paper and find its quite important to share with you all.

Consultant nephrologist Dr Goh Bak Leong said based on observations, patients had the tendency to self-treat diabetes and hypertension after just one or two visits.  

“Some patients may visit their doctors once or twice and then decide to buy their own medication instead of seeing their doctors on a regular basis. 

“This lack of doctor’s monitoring is dangerous. Their conditions may worsen and the patients won’t realise it. 

“These patients need to see a doctor even when there are no symptoms because by the time symptoms are discovered it will be too late. It can be a stroke or heart failure or kidney failure,” said Dr Goh, who is also the organising chairman of the World Kidney Day 2008.

He said for hypertension, a patient needed to reach the desired or target pressure level of 130/80mmHg, while for diabetes the sugar level should be between 4 to 7mmol/l (for fasting blood sugar) to ensure the diseases do not destroy their vital organs. 

On patients who go from one doctor to another thinking there is a cure for the diseases, Dr Goh said they have to know that there is no cure for these diseases but only control and slowing down the devastating effects. 

“It is best to prevent the diseases from occurring and this can be achieved by having a healthy lifestyle,”

National Kidney Foundation (NKF) second vice-chairman Dr Tan Chwee Choon said based on the National Renal Registry 2006, nearly 3,000 new patients were seeking kidney dialysis treatment yearly and the annual growth rate was about 10%

“We encourage people to seek treatment so that they don’t end up with kidney dialysis which is not only costly but there is also a long waiting list,” he said during the launch of the NKF Kidney Care community programme “Are your kidneys ok?” in conjunction with the World Kidney Day 2008. 

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