The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has unequivocally warned Nigerians that excessive fasting damages the kidney.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, DG of the agency, made this statement during a press briefing in the FCT that Nigerians should exercise moderation as regards excessive fasting which can destroy one’s kidney.
The DG also warned citizens to refrain from buying medicines from hawkers. “Kidney failure, liver damage, others, I don’t know how many have died in Nigeria due to substandard medicines and unwholesome foods.
“However, we are a very religious country, Muslims and Christians, we fast a lot, and it is part of the kidney problem. Because your body has to have homeostasis balance, meaning the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs to function. Some people will fast for 10, 20 days, without drinking a lot of water. The kidney is being punished.
“Now if you put chemicals in it, it triples in an exponential manner, with damage to the kidneys. This is because the kidney does not have enough water to dilute and filter.
“I fast but I fast with common sense. We have to fast with common sense, if not, we will pay it with our kidneys. Also, do not buy medicines from hawkers and corner stores; buy medicines from pharmacies,” she said.
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