Published On: Fri, Mar 13th, 2015

Curaçao in top 3 countries with kidney disease

JacobGeltDekker_DialysisCenter_01WILLEMSTAD - One in 526 of the inhabitants of Curaçao has kidney problems and is undergoing dialysis treatment. This is according to a report from the Kidney Foundation Curaçao. Curaçao is, therefore, together with Japan and the United States, in the top three countries worldwide when it comes to kidney diseases.

In the framework of "World Kidney Day", the foundation aims to raise awareness of kidney problems on the island. The theme this year is Kidney Health for All. “It is important that you work on prevention and that this matter is brought to the attention of the government and the public in general," said the foundation.

Risk Factors

The most common risk factors of chronic renal failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. "Diabetes allows for greatly varying levels of sugar in the blood, which eventually lead to damage to blood vessels and thereby the kidneys. High blood pressure, the increased pressure against the walls of the blood vessels, leads over a period of time also to chronic renal failure, if not treated ", reports the foundation.

Other causes

Kidney disease can also arise from other causes, such as autoimmune diseases and birth defects. Half of the sugar and / or high blood pressure patients develop kidney problems.


Kidney patients usually undergo dialysis. The excess of waste matter and moisture is then removed from the body. In the extreme case, a kidney transplant is then needed. To prevent rejection of the new organ the patient must use medications after surgery.

Awareness Walk

To create more awareness about healthy diet and exercise, the foundation organizes on March 15 an 'Awareness Walk'. You can join a course of five or ten kilometers. The start is at 6:00 pm (registration 5:30 pm). Each participant has to wear a white T-shirt.


Tickets cost ten guilders each and are available at Mensing's Caminada, gas station Santa Maria, JL Jewelry at Tesoro Plaza and at the office of the Kidney Foundation at Kaya W.R. 'Coco' Balentien number 41A. For more information, please call telephone number 7361446 or 5,231,446.

Photo credit: Jacob Gelt Dekker.

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