The Medical Director of Aid Life Hospital, Ashaiman, Dr. Eric Amoah, has cautioned people who mix energy drinks with cough mixtures to immediately stop considering the risks associated with that practice.
The medical doctor said such people stand a higher risk of damaging not only their kidneys but also their livers and other vital parts of their body.
He warned also that excessive intake of alcohol, smoking, and self-medication, including the intake of painkillers, could damage the kidneys of those involved.
Speaking in an interview on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM, he expressed worry over the rate at which kidney diseases were increasing.
He lamented that medical doctors and other health professionals are worried over the recent number of kidney-related cases in our health facilities.
He underscored the need for Ghanaians to adopt healthy lifestyles to help them avoid such conditions.
He warned that kidney treatment is expensive and could send the affected person into financial turmoil, hence the need for the public to take caution.
One other issue he spoke against was the intake of narcotics, including the smoking of shisha, the sniffing of glue, and other harmful substances.
These practices, he stressed, have the potential to damage the kidneys.
He indicated that one of the major issues causing this issue is uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes, and other lifestyles.
“The main cause of kidney disease in Ghana is hypertension.” Many people have hypertension but are unable to regulate it. So, if you are diagnosed, you must also do specific things, such as limit your salt intake, lose weight, exercise regularly, and eat healthily. All of these are significant not only for hypertensive individuals but also for diabetics, as diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney failure.”
He warned consumers who mix energy drinks with cough mixtures that “it is a dangerous practice.” Mixing energy drinks with cough syrup, sniffing superglue, and ingesting other opioids are all detrimental to your health. It can harm your kidneys and expose you to dangerous circumstances.
He also advised against people who eat late at night.
According to him, dialysis has become prohibitively expensive, and those with renal diseases are experiencing a severe financial crisis. Ghanaians must be cautious.
He went on to say that even if you have the finances to manage your kidney issues and have a transplant, it does not guarantee that you will live a healthy life compared to someone with normal kidneys.
“Managing kidney disease is costly. Those suffering from such ailments are going through a lot. That is why I want to emphasise the importance of Ghanaians taking good care of themselves. The greatest thing to do is to be healthy and avoid activities that increase your risk of renal disease.”