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Bromelain Kidney Disease
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
Go to see doctor for reporting and evaluating why you feel scared of kidney disease, which can be assessed and verified with good history, physicals, urine and blood tests, etc. If indeed kidney disease does exist, doctor will guide you how to slow down the process of kidney disease.
Meanwhile, practicing healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession will benefit anyone immensely.
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Depends on the cause: There are dozens of causes of kidney disease; some are limited to the kidneys themselves, while others are associated with other systems in the body. Chronic kidney disease may have no symptoms and can only be determined by laboratory testing. Other types may range from minor symptoms to major illnesses, and need to be evaluated by a kidney specialist, often along with other health care providers. ...Read more
Best binder: All phosphate binders (PB) lower phosphorous (P) when taken after meals. A lot of nephrologists seem to prefer using PB's that have no calcium (C) in them and that is because all dialysis patients are C overloaded. The main reason to use one PB over another is the pill burden. PB's that have fewer pills per dose may have an edge because patients will take them more regularly, which is important ...Read more
Diabetes, High BP: Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes for kidney disease. However there are very many other reasons the kidneys may be damaged or function abnormally. The kidneys not only remove toxic wastes from the body but also keep many things in balance including salt and water, blood pressure, potassium, pH, hemoglobin, uric acid, and many other critical body components! ...Read more
Not usually: Glycosuria ie sugar in urine points to high blood sugar probably from diabetes. High sugar spills over from the blood into the urine, and does not mean kidney disease. However some persons with diabetes can develop kidney disease or diabetic nephropathy as it is called from having diabetes. ...Read more
Erythropoietin: The kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin which travels to the bone marrow and tells it to make red blood cells. If the kidneys are diseased they sometimes do not make this hormone and the person will become anemic. Always remember there are many reasons a person can become anemic- kidney disease is only one way. ...Read more
Sex hormone issue: Renal failure has very widespread consequences on normal body function. In regard to gynecomastia, this results from decreased testosterone production and an increase in LH and FSH; the female hormone equivalent. The latter results from less excretion in the urine. This hormone imbalance causes Breast enlargement that typically resolved within a year. ...Read more
Not really: It is not Insulin resistance that causes kidney disease but instead poorly controlled diabetes. The most common causes of kidney failure in the us are diabetes, high blood pressure, and age. Many patients with Insulin resistance have difficult to control diabetes and thus are more likely to be poorly controlled and therefore more likely to develop kidney disease. ...Read more
Dialysis: When your kidneys function less than 6 cc per minute calculated filtration rate, you should go on dialysis. Normal rate is about 60-75cc per minute. Unless you get chest pain, shortness of breath or severe swelling, you may not be ble to tell the difference between mild, moderte and severe kidney disease. You should bemonitored by a kidney specialist. ...Read more
Cant tell: This is decided after a complete clinical exam and depends what kind of kidney problem is involved/. ...Read more
Control blood pressure, identify and control causative disease (diabetes, SLE etc.) Na restriction, protein restriction, appropriate diagnotic testing and followup. Pre dialysis preparation and education. Transplant preparation, dialysis access and modality planning.
removal of nephrotoxic medications, foods and behavior, achieve ideal body weight and stop smoking. ...Read more
Potassium issue?: Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic disease that leads to cystic enlargement of the kidneys (often liver as well) accompanied by decreased kidney function and eventually kidney failure. The peak age for kidney failure is the 5-6th decade. I don't see why and adult with PKD could not have milk (cow) with coffee or cereal. Milk is high in potassium--is that the reason? Needs restriction. ...Read more
Yes: There are many types of kidney disease, and many ranges of severity. Your nephrologist is crucial in getting your renal function stable, and your medications should be reviewed by your obstetrician. If you've had a kidney transplant, experts recommend waiting at least one to two years (depending on donor) before attempting pregnancy. Unfortunately, pregnancy is very rare in dialysis patients. ...Read more
I am very sorry for: Your loss. This can be so painful. What do you do? You grieve. This was a significant loss. I hope you are using the support of friends, family, pastor or a grief counselor. ...Read more
No one thing: Long term complications from diabetes depend on a variety of factors. Duration of diabetes and overall control through the years may be most important. However, genetics also plays a role in terms of whether patients get complications. Other health issues also affect whether patients may develop complications, like high blood pressure. Best way to avoid complications is to control diabetes well. ...Read more