Kidney Disease or Chronic Kidney Disease to be more serious about it. The kidneys affect other organs in our body. We can’t live without them, lets face it our kidneys or anything related to the kidneys is called renal. Our kidney works like filters in our bodies, filtering the wastes in our blood and excess water, which form urine. We must keep Healthy Kidneys.
How, giving them what they need to stay that way.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
This is a disease that happens when your kidneys slowly loose there function over a period of time. Without our kidneys doing there job, wastes will build up in our blood, making us feel weak, tired and sick. Since, we already know how the kidneys function, from the first paragraph, that we read in this article. We are going to find out what the causes are, as we continue reading.
When someone gets diagnosed with chronic kidney disease their lifestyle has to change, including their diet.
Causes of (CKD)
There may be many causes to Chronic Kidney Disease, but the two main causes are diabetes and High Blood Pressure. In early stages of kidney disease there may not be many symptoms that can detected. In fact, it may not even be detected until the kidneys are weakened or damaged. Here are the definitions of a few.
- Diabetes – type1 and 2 diabetes can hurt the kidneys, a long time before it shows any symptoms.
- High Blood Pressure – hypertension(HBP) is the most common cause of kidney disease, by damaging the blood vessels in the kidneys, making them more difficult to remove the waste from the blood.
- Glomerulonephritis – not just one, but a group of diseases that damages the part of the kidneys that filter the blood.
- Polycystic – is a genetic disease, that causes cysts on the kidneys, if the cysts get too big, they can damage the kidneys.
Causes we can avoid and cannot
Toxins – Avoid chemicals that are some paints or fuels which can help lead to kidney disease
Medications – overuse of some over the counter medications
Illegal drugs – like heroin or cocaine or any drug the body shouldn’t have
Lupus – autoimmune disease, where the bodies immune system attacks it own organs
Renal artery stenosis – narrowing of the renal artery reducing blood flow to the kidneys
Malaria – attacks the immune system by destroying red blood cells
Some symptoms a person might have with (CKD) are as follows………………………….
Lose of appetite
decrease in urine output
side or the mid to lower back pain
high blood pressure
blood in the urine
Stages of (CKD)
This disease will have different stages of progression that comes as the Glomerular Filtration Rate(GFR) worsens and the stages go like this…..
1 – the GFR is normal, although kidney disease was diagnosed
2 – after detection, GFR is lower than 90 milliters
3 – GFR falls lower than 60 milliters
4 – GFR lower than 30 milliters
5 – GFR lower than 15 milliters, that’s when kidney failure occurs
Very important that kidney disease is detected early to prevent irreversible damage.
People with diabetes should be checked more often, because they are more susceptible to kidney damage.
What can we do to Treat it ourselves ?
There are a few different ways we can treat kidney disease. They are…………………..
Diet changes – avoid salt, or use less sodium products. Which may include processed foods, canned foods, fast foods or foods with added salt.
Limiting your protein amounts – by eating foods with less protein content, or by eating smaller of portions.
Limit foods with potassium – eating foods with lower potassium content, and staying away from high potassium foods like spinach, potatoes, bananas, and many more that you need to be aware, by consulting your doctor for a list.
This options is for some later stage treatments. There is no cure for (CKD), but treatments can relieve symptoms and slow the progress down. Some later stage options are…………….
Using (IV)Intravenous- to replace the blood volume that has been depleted
Using medication- to control high blood pressure
Using Diurectic Therapy – to control urine output or increase the output of water from the body.
Dialysis – There are two types 1. haemodialysis – this takes the blood into a machine and filters it, and then, returns it to the body, which has to be done about three times a week. 2. peritoneal – in which peritoneum in the abdomen is used as a filtering membrane, where fluid and other substances are dissolved and exchanged with blood.
Some people might not want to go through any of these types of treatments
Supportive treatment may be called Palliative or Conservative care. It is medical care for serious ill patients, to help their quality of life for them and their families. Trying to focus on giving the patient relief, from physical and mental stress, they are going through, including their symptoms and pain. Here is a kidney patient guide that may help you.
How to maintain Healthy Kidneys
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