Chronic Kidney Disease is also known as Renal Disease as well as Nephropathy. And as of now, it affects 37 million Americans. And 90% of them have no clue they even have it. That's how bad it is. Chronic Kidney Disease is defined as having damage to the kidney or a disease of the kidney(s). You will also see it written for short as CKD.
Your kidneys play an extremely important role in your body. They are in charge of filtering uremia (waste) out of the blood. They also regulate your blood pressure and remove the excess fluid from within the cells of your body.
When kidney's become damaged, uremia builds up in the body as well as the fluid. And blood pressure becomes high.
Continuous high blood pressure causes serious damage to the Kidney's. And it goes the other way as well, serious damage of the Kidney's cause's high blood pressure.
Most Common Types
- Chronic Kidney Disease- Is also known as CKD and Chronic Renal Disease. It is a continuous loss in kidney function over time. Usually a period of months of years. An individual suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease experience's a constant feeling of being unwell.
- Polycystic Kidney Disease- Is a disorder of the Kidney. It's characterized by enlarged kidney's due to cyst's in the Kidney's. It often run's in families.
10 Other Types Of Kidney Diseases
These are the more rare form's of Kidney disease. But there is alot more than just the two that I noted above. There are about a hundred, maybe even more different types of Kidney Diseases out there.
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Acute Kidney Failure
- Alport Syndrome
- Kidney Disease Caused By Anorexia
- Beer Potomania
- Kidney Disease Caused By Cocaine Toxicity
- Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome
- Collapsing Glomerulopathy
- Contrast Neuropathy
How Is Your Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the amount of pressure that circulates upon the walls of the blood vessels. When it comes to medical terminology, Hyper means "too much" and tension means "pushing against the walls of the blood vessel walls. This means, the blood pressure is too high.
Hypotension is when the blood pressure is too low.
Research show's that roughly 70 million of the population in the USA suffers from Hypertension. That means that 29% of the entire american population is living with high blood pressure.
So many people go to their check ups, get their blood pressure checked, yet dont know what is actually going on inside of them. And if you remember anything from the beggining of the articles, having high blood pressure damages your kidney's. The higher your BP, the faster the damage occurs.
So, here below you can take a look at what is actually considered normal, and what isnt.
Normal: Below 120/80 mmHg
Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89 mmHg
Stage 1 Hypertension: 140-159/90-99 mmHg
Stage 2 Hypertension: 160+/100+ mmHg
What Exactly Is Uremia?
Uremia is more than just waste or toxins.It means "urea in the blood".It occurs when the clearance of Creatine becomes too low in the body. And it comes along with it's own signs and symptoms just like any other disease or illness. It's defined as a clinical syndrome, It includes:
- Metabolic Deformities
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Electrolyte Imbalances
- Fluid Imbalances
Signs/Symptoms of Uremia
- Weight Loss
- Anorexia or No Appetite
The Signs Of Kidney Disease
Changes with Urination
Metallic-Like Taste In Mouth
Pain In The Calves
Pain In The Kidney Area Of Back
Problems With Memory
Trouble Paying Attention
Intolerance Of The Cold
Shortness Of Breath
Easy Bruising Of The Legs
The Kidney Diet
The purpose of the Kidney Diet is to naturally balance the fluid,electrolytes and minerals in the body. It also help's limit the amount of waste that build's up in the blood.
The Kidney Diet is most commonly used in patient's who are in Kidney Failure and individual's who are on Dialysis.
It consist's of:
- A low protein diet
- Limiting Phosphorus,Sodium and Potassium Intake
- Reducing Fluid Intake
- Increasing Calorie Intake
The benefits of following the Kidney Diet is:
- Having a reduced amount of protein found in the urine.
- The body will be able to naturally begin to balance out all the fluid and electrolytes. This includes not taking a Potassium supplement or drinking fluid that contain's electrolyte's such as Sport's Drinks.
- Weight gain due to increasing the calorie intake. Kidney disease comes with loss of appetite, so many people have to force themselves to eat.
How To Take The Strain Off Your Kidney's
Your kidney's already work extremely hard to filter the waste out of the blood,but with kidney disease all the unfiltered waste build's up in the body.
There are some way's you can take the strain off your kidney's so you can feel a whole lot healthier.
- Sweat It Out- Sweating is one way to get toxin's out of your body. This has always been a known fact, but it's especially helpful for individual's suffering from Kidney Disease. You can increase how much you sweat by: Going in a Sauna and Increasing your Aerobic exercise. The more you sweat the more Uremia that gets released through the skin. And the healthier you will feel.
- Trying Natural Supplements Instead Of Prescription Medications- A large majority of prescription medication's cause blood pressure to skyrocket. When your blood pressure is high your kidney's become damaged.By switching to natural supplements you can keep your blood pressure lower. By taking vitamin's and natural supplements you take a lot of strain off the kidney's, and they help you feel better in other ways as well.
Natural Treatment's For Kidney Disease
Im providing only natural treatment's for Kidney Disease, because prescription medications can actually cause kidney failure.
- Vitamin C- Can actually help lessen the damage that have already occurred to your kidney's.Also help's the body better absorb iron. Aid's in the process of forming and repairing red blood cells. Recommended Dose: 60-100mg/daily
- Vitamin D- Helps reduce the symptoms that are associated with Kidney Disease. Also helps improve the ability for your body to absorb Phosphorus and Calcium.
- Vitamin B12- Helps the body in creating new and healthier cells.
- Vitamin K- Aid's in the process of blood clotting.This help's patients
- Vitamin E- Helps fight off free radical's. Also aid's in the process of blood clotting. Recommended Dose: 8-10mg/daily
- Vitamin A- Promote's the production and growth of tissues and cell's in the body. Recommended Dose: 700-900 ug/daily
- Folic Acid- Aid's in the production of new DNA cells. It make's sure that the new DNA cells that are created are healthy. Recommended Dose: 1 mg/daily
- Niacin- Help's the body in properly using fatty acid's and sugars. Recommended Dose: 14-20mg/daily
- Pantothenic Acid- Helps with energy production, as well as metabolizing carbohydrates,proteins and fats. Recommended Dose: 5mg/daily
- Vitamin B6- Help's reverse damage that has already occurred to the kidneys.The recommended dose is different depending on how badly your kidney's are damaged.
- For individual's who are partaking in Dialysis treatment yet, the Recommended daily dose is: 5mg
- For individual's who are partaking in Dialysis treatment, the Recommended daily dose is: 10mg
- For individual's who suffer from severe kidney damage the Recommended daily dose is:200mg.
Apple Cider Vinegar- Is a natural diuretic. it helps get rid of excess waste out of the blood.
Living With Kidney Disease
When an individual lives with Kidney Disease they have to make some lifestyle changes. Although it is a lot easier for them to make those change's when they know how much it is actually benefiting them.
If you suffer from kidney disease you understand the difference between being basically healthy and not. When taking vitamin's and supplement's rather than prescription medication's there is a huge difference in how you feel.
Once you are diagnosed and have done the research on Kidney Disease you will have the mindset to make better choices that will help keep you and your kidney's healthy.
© 2013 Alecia Brown
Jen on December 30, 2018:
Please check spelling in article. Most plural nouns like “kidneys” and “vitamins” there is an apostrophe before the “s” which is incorrect. Also some words are capitalized making them proper nouns when they are not proper nouns. Entire article needs careful proofreading.
Alecia Brown (author) from Paso Robles,CA on November 30, 2013:
Thank you very much. I was actually writing for another site and i wrote over 300 health articles. They deleted my account because they didn't want to pay me what I had earned. So I decided to come back to hubpages. The only reason why I stopped creating hub's is because im so OCD with this site. It has to be perfect. It takes me a couple days to put together a Hubpage. Thank you again for the comment.
Kevin W from Texas on November 30, 2013:
This is a great hub with excellent information aleciajeanne. Many people are unaware of the importance of keeping your kidneys/body healthy. Thumbs up on your hub.