CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

Kidneys filter our body blood every 30 minutes. Wastes, toxins & excess fluid are removed in the filtration process.

In chronic kidney disease, the kidneys get damaged and blood filtration does not happen the way it should. Unfiltered waste and toxins that remain in our blood cause diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Other health conditions caused by chronic kidney disease are:

  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low calcium, high potassium and high Phosphorus levels in the blood
  • Body becomes prone to infections

 

Over 30 million US adults are affected by CKD and most of these cases are undiagnosed. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of Kidney failure. 3 out of 4 cases of chronic kidney disease are people with diabetes and high blood pressure.

 

Symptoms

Chronic kidney disease often remains undiagnosed in early to severe stages. The condition can only be diagnosed by doing specific blood and urine tests.

Undiagnosed chronic kidney disease can get worse over time and lead to kidney failures.

CKD can be treated and it’s better to start the treatment early.

 

Prevention

You can reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease by adopting certain Lifestyle changes such as:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing the weight if you are overweight
  • Increasing your physical activity (especially if you are in a sedentary job)
  • Reduce your intake of salt
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

 

Risk factors

People with diabetes and high blood pressure have an increased risk of developing CKD. Managing blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels is essential for people with chronic kidney disease.

 

Managing CKD

People with chronic kidney disease need to follow Healthy lifestyle.

  • Eat on time and eat as prescribed by your dietitian.
  • Do not miss your medications,
  • Keep blood pressure and blood sugar under control,
  • Avoid over the counter pain medicines and herbal supplements.

 

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