Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease is a serial loss of kidney function that begins with a few signs and can gradually lead to serious complications.

Advanced stage of chronic kidney disease causes build-up of electrolytes, fluids and wastes in the body. Many times, people don’t realise there’s something wrong until the disease has progressed to a serious stage.

Depending on the stage of the disease, some signs of CKD include:

  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Fatigue & weakness
  • Sleeping issues
  • Appetite loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling of ankles and legs

What are the causes of Chronic Kidney Disease?

The leading causes of CKD include untreated high blood pressure and diabetes. Other reasons are glomerulonephritis, which is a group of diseases that damage the kidney’s filtering system. Some inherited disorders like a polycystic kidney disease also damage the kidney and its surrounding tissue. Kidney stones or repeated urine infections in people can decrease the kidney’s ability to effectively filter wastes.

Preventing CKD:

Chronic Kidney Disease often leads to kidney failure and the need of dialysis. To prevent this loss of kidney function, here are some steps to take today:

  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure 
  • Watch your diet and maintain a healthy weight 
  • Work closely with your doctor to maintain other health conditions 
  • Stop smoking 
  • Cut back on painkillers