The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday called on Nigerians to fast with common sense as excessive fasting destroyed the kidney.
Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye spoke at a news conference in Abuja, saying that kidney failure, liver damage, and others, had killed many people in Nigeria.
According to her, Nigeria is a very religious country, as Muslims and Christians fast a lot, saying 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 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,” she stated.
Adeyeye added that she did fast, but that she normally does it with common sense so that the kidney would not suffer.
“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. But medicines from pharmacies,” she said.