The truth is that, according to the estimates of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), one Filipino gets diagnosed with CKD every hour. That is how alarming the figures are.
This is probably because the kidneys are one of the hardest working organs in the body. With cleansing the blood of toxins and transforming waste into urine as their main function, the kidneys filter 200 liters of fluid every 24 hours, with each of the two kidneys getting rid of between one to one-and-a-half liters of urine per day.
This is why one of the warning signs of CKD also has something to do with urine, and that is low urine output. Other warning signs include swollen lower extremities and extreme fatigue, as waste builds up in the body.
Always championing the health of Filipinos, pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines) Inc. describes CKD as a “silent killer.” This is because many of its symptoms do not show up until the later stages of the condition, thus causing people to go about their lives undiagnosed and oblivious to further complications that may arise.