Chronic Kidney Disease

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Also called the CKD, it includes conditions that can damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy when something happens to your body. It can develop into high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor health and nerve damages. It can also increase your chance in getting a heart or blood vessel diseases. Everyone can get a Chronic Kidney Disease but some people have a higher chance in getting a Chronic Kidney disease. Diabetes happens when your blood sugar is too high, which will cause damage to your heart, kidney, blood vessels, nerves and eyes.

What are the Symptoms of Kidney Diseases?

The list below is the Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Diseases
- You will feel more tired
- Have less Energy
- Have trouble concentrating
- Causes Poor Appetite
- Trouble sleeping at night
- Muscle Cramping at night
- Swallen feet and ankle
- Dry/ itchy skin
- Urinate often at night

Can it be Cured? How?

If not, is there a way that we can treat it?

Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires a kidney transplant to secure a persons life.

Facts:

  • 26 million Americans have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
  • Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
  • Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.
  • High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney disease.
  • African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Seniors are at increased risk.
  • Simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin.

Sources / Bibliography:

1.National Kidney Foundation, http://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/ckd/index.cfm, Retreived on August 25th.
2. EMedicine Health, http://www.emedicinehealth.com/chronic_kidney_disease/article_em.htm, Retrieved on August 28th.