Excessive Fast Causes Kidney Damage, NAFDAC Warns

Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned that excessive fast can cause kidney problems.

The NAFDAC DG stated this on Monday while interacting with journalists in Abuja, noting that using substandard, unwholesome products can equally lead to kidney failure and death.

Prof Mojisola Adeyeye

Recall that kidney failure occurs when your kidneys can no longer properly filter your blood. This leads to accumulation of toxins in your blood.

The President of the Nigerian Association of Nephrology, Dr Adanze Asinobi, said that about 869 million globally are suffering from kidney problem and in Nigeria, there is an increasing prevalence of the disease.

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Speaking on the implications of fasting, Adeyeye, NAFDAC DG said, “We are a very religious country – Muslims and Christians, we fast a lot and it is part of the kidney problem. Your body has to have homeostatic balance, meaning the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs function.

“Some people will fast for 20 days or 10 days without drinking even a little bit of water and the kidney is being punished and it can damage your kidney because the kidney does not have water to dilute and filter, that is what some of us do.

“I fast but I fast with common sense. You have to fast with common sense or else you pay with your kidney.”

Adeyeye also warned against patronising hawkers and corner stores for medicines.

She added, “Do not buy medicines from hawkers, do not buy medicines from corner stores, buy medicines from pharmacies.”

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