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Each March, the National Kidney Foundation encourages us to learn more about the devastating effects of Chronic Kidney Disease during National Kidney Month. Nearly 37 million Americans have Chronic Kidney disease, which prevents the kidneys from functioning normally and can lead to high blood pressure, anemia, weak bones and even nerve damage.
The kidneys are a part of the body’s renal system and work to remove waste and excess fluid from the body. The kidneys are also responsible for regulating salt and potassium levels as well as several necessary hormones for other organs in the body.
When the kidneys can no longer properly remove waste from the blood, waste will build up and cause complications. When the kidneys can no longer properly remove waste from the blood at all a patient is diagnosed with kidney failure. Early detection is one of the best ways to prevent kidney disease from progressing into kidney failure and speaking with your healthcare provider about tests that can help detect kidney disease could prevent kidney failure down the road. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, are African American or over the age of 50 you may already be at an increased risk for kidney disease.
Kidney Disease can be treated with control of comorbidities such as high blood pressure and diabetes can prevent kidney disease from worsening. Kidney failure requires more intense treatment such as dialysis or a kidney transplant. Kidney transplants have a very high rate of success for both the patient and living donor. Many healthcare providers also suggest talking to a dietitian who can recommend a diet personalized to combat kidney disease. It is also important to quit smoking and stay active. Smoking can slow the blood flow to organs such as the kidneys and cause unnecessary damage.
To learn more about the National Kidney Association visit their website https://www.kidney.org/
To learn more about kidney disease and discuss your risk factors schedule an appointment today 816-474-4920 or request an appointment online!
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