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A Brief Look at Chronic Kidney Disease

We may not all know what each of the organs in the human body does, but we are all pretty well aware that it is something important. In the case of the kidneys, they take the waste that builds up in your body and converts it to urine that can then be flushed out. It’s safe to say that without those organs in place, your insides would quickly become an area where all sorts of health issues would be allowed to arise. The bad news is that there are times when the kidneys start to fail, at which point they go through 5 distinct stages that eventually lead to chronic kidney disease. This is a health problem that can be very hard to spot early on, and we will explain later in this piece what to be on the lookout for so that you can prevent it happening. You also could learn more about chronickidneydisease on www.chronickidneydiseasetherapy.com

Spotting the symptoms of chronic kidney disease


As we mentioned a moment ago, diagnosing kidney disease is not that easy until it starts to reach the latter stages of its progression. Many of the early symptoms – nausea, vomiting, swelling of the joint, etc. – are all things that could easily be a sign of something less severe. It is often not until kidney function drops to unsafe levels that doctors are then able to pinpoint exactly what is going on. The sad part of all of this is that when you are in the late stages of chronic kidney disease, it is often only a transplant that can save you. 

The 5 stages of chronic kidney disease 

Kidney disease gets progressively worse over time, and it goes through these 5 specific stages: 

  • Stage 1  Very hard to spot any issues with the kidneys here, as symptoms are mild and function is generally 90% or higher. 

  • Stage 2 – Symptoms increase dramatically, and kidney function can drop as low as 60%. 

  • Stage 3 – You are starting to look at chronic kidney disease at this point, as function can be as low as 40%. 

  • Stage 4 – Patients are now considered to be in real danger, with kidney function down to as little as 15% during this stage. 

  • Stage 5 – Without the aid of a transplant or dialysis, death is a real possibility in the final stage. 

The causes of chronic kidney disease 

There is no known single cause for chronic kidney disease, but it is believed that diabetes and high blood pressure are big contributing factors. Since both of those issues tend to run in the family, you should take steps to ensure that neither become a problem for you. Keeping both of those health issues under control will reduce your risk of kidney disease. 

Chronic kidney disease prevention 

Regular check-ups with our physician are essential, especially if there is a history of diabetes or blood pressure in your family. Maintaining a healthy diet and keeping your weight in check will help prevent either of those ailments from becoming an issue.