Basics of Kidney Disease



Original Publishing Date: 09-17-2018
Publisher: Healthline
Author: Shannon Johnson

Kidneys are considered to be one of the most crucial organs of the human body as it helps in filtration of waste products and removal of impurities that may be present in the blood. The article reflects and steps towards spreading awareness on various types of kidney diseases, their causes as well as various interventions that one can indulge in to live well with kidney diseases.

“Kidney disease normally does not go away once it’s diagnosed.”

There are different kinds of kidney disease with varied causes and array of symptoms associated with them. Usually kidney diseases does not go away and becomes a life- long struggle for the person diagnosed with it. The best way to preserve a healthy kidney is to assume a healthy lifestyle.

“Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, accounting for about 44 percent of new cases.”

There are a number of bases to kidney diseases. They include high blood pressure, increase in glomeruli, diabetes, infections, drugs, cysts and many more, each cause leading to a different type of kidney disease. For example cysts interfere with kidney function and can cause kidney failure a condition called polycystic kidney disease, chronic kidney disease is caused by high blood pressure whereas kidney stone is due to crystallization of minerals and other substances in the blood.

The symptoms are spread across a boundless extent. They differ in their severity varying from fatigue, difficulty in breathing, dry and scale skin, frequent urination which are early warning signs to nausea, fluid retention, decreased sex drive which directs towards kidney failure.

When faced with such symptoms it is important for the person to be aware about different tests that are used for diagnosis of kidney disease. Different tests focus on separate aspects of a healthy kidney. Some tests determine functioning of the kidney, clear images through CT scan helps in detecting tumors and by using tissue samples one can discover the type of disease.

“Dialysis is a treatment that filters and purifies the blood using a machine. It can’t cure kidney disease, but it can prolong your life.”

Because of the nature of kidney diseases, they are not easily treatable and stay for life long after being detected. To treat them doctors prescribe medicines and other drugs in order to reduce blood cholesterol levels and help improve kidney health. But in cases where the kidney is unable to function at all, an artificial method to filter the blood is used known as Dialysis. This method does not cure kidney disease but does prolong one’s life. Apart from all this the major impact that can have on a healthy kidney is having a healthy lifestyle as well as change in diet. Overall the article gives out all the important information, all the do’s and don’ts in order to treat and take good care of one’s kidney.

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