Chronic Kidney Disease

by Sam Malone

'Garbage in, garbage out.' We make our bodies repositories of waste. And our poor kidneys are the doing their job double time to help get rid of those trash. The kidneys take away waste products and excess water from the blood. They also check body water and other chemical in the blood like sodium, potassium, phosphorous, and calcium. Other than that the kidneys eliminate drugs and toxins initiated into the body and release hormones into the blood to control blood pressure, create red blood cells, and sustain solid bones. Failure to do that would mean the setting in of kidney diseases in different forms. One of these ailments can kill the body softly and slowly. Chronic kidney disease is the slowing down of kidney function and normally permanent loss of it eventually. This kidney impairment diminishes their capability to maintain good health. Worse of all, when body wastes build up, it may result into complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, and nerve damage.

Individuals at any age can suffer from a chronic kidney disease. But people who are diabetic, hypertensive, and geriatric (old people) are more prone to develop kidney diseases. And the disease can be hereditary. Usually people who are African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians are more likely to develop kidney diseases. Initially, symptoms of kidney disease can be indistinct and misleading. The symptoms can vary from feeling tired, not having focus, having poor appetite, not getting enough sleep, and experiencing muscle cramps at night, having bloated feet and ankles, puffing up of eyes, suffering from dry and itchy skin, to urinating frequently at night. When you have any of these signs, ask for professional help because only lab tests and examinations can really identify any mounting problem.

Laboratory tests would include urinalysis and blood tests. But in not so severe case, home cure can become first aid. Limiting alcohol intake and stopping smoking can at least alleviate some symptoms. Herbal medicines can be prescribed since they do not bring side effects. You will need to have regular checkups with the doctor. This is significant because only a doctor can tell how your kidneys are doing and they can treat problems caused by the chronic kidney disease. But severity in different stages of the kidney disease calls for different treatments. When a kidney disease is at its peak, doctor-recommended medications cannot be sidelined. When a chronic kidney disease gets worse, the kidneys might stop functioning. This will be a predecessor to kidney failure. Then the doctor will recommend dialysis. Kidney transplant is the last major medical hope one can get in cases of serious kidney malfunctions.

By and large, humans can live even with just one kidney. We only need one functioning renal tissue. But when the quantity of functioning kidney tissue is heavily reduced, a kidney failure will develop. Then we go on to the replacement therapy, dialysis, or transplantation. Kidneys are our best help in body cleansing. They should not be taken for granted.

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