Your kidneys filter the waste in your body, as well as filtering excess fluid that builds up in your blood. Your urine transports this excess waste out of your body. When your kidneys aren’t working properly, Chronic Kidney Disease can result.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), is considered chronic, as the damage that is down to your kidneys is done slowly, over time. CKD is a condition in which your kidneys don’t properly filter your blood, resulting in gradual loss of kidney function. Waste build-up and other health issues are also related to CKD.
There are few visible symptoms of CKD in its early stages, and may not be apparent until the disease is significant. Some of the symptoms are muscle cramps, loss of appetite, swollen feet and ankles, nausea and vomiting, itching, too little, or too much, urine, sleeplessness, and trouble catching your breath.
CKD can be caused by high blood pressure and diabetes. If you have either of these, be sure to work with your doctor in keeping blood sugar and blood pressure, controlled. A healthy lifestyle can help prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease, or help keep them under control. Daily exercise, no tobacco use, a low salt diet, and limited alcohol consumption can all help lower your risk of CKD.
Symptoms of CKD are not usually evident until kidneys are badly damaged. The only way to truly know is to have your kidneys tested. Testing is simple with the help of tests like EGR, or estimated glomerular filtration rate. This test shows how well your blood is being filtered by your kidneys. Healthy blood should not contain a lot of creatinine. If your blood shows too much creatinine, this may be a sign that your kidneys are not filtering your blood well enough.
A urine test can also be useful in testing for CKD. If a urine test shows protein in your blood is present, it may be a sign your kidneys are not functioning properly.
Kidney damage is usually permanent and if you already have damage, it’s best to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible. You may also be able to keep the damage from progressing. Be sure to visit your doctor regularly, and maintain both a healthy weight and a healthy blood pressure.
If you have are in Key West and need your kidneys looked at or have general questions about kidney help, Dr. Beyslow can help you out. Dr. Taweh Beysolow is a Key West kidney specialist. He is a certified nephrologist who specializes in all things kidneys and kidney diseases. If you ever need anything for your kidneys, Dr. Beysolow is your guy! For more information, visit us on our website or call today.