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How Does Alcohol Affect The Kidney Function
Not usually: Excessive alcohol consumption can adversely affect every organ in the body, even the skin. Remarkably, the kidneys are not affected by alcohol. That being said, if you have reduced kidney function, you should be careful. Often, alcoholics do not consume enough fluids in general and dehydration can damage kidneys. The medical specialist involved with kidneys is a nephrologist. ...Read more
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
Can contrast dye injections cause a person to have a higher than expected blood alcohol content due to the temporary reduction in kidney function?
I was in intensive care with kidney failure 48 days was it kidney stones that caused it or was the extent of alcohol use or both?
How long does a person need to fast when checking liver, kidney function.? Will the results be more accurate the longer a person doesn't eat?
Fasting?: You do not need to fast to check your liver or kidney function. ...Read more
Here are some. ..: Situaltional impairment of kidney function can be improved by correcting & modifying its precipitating factors such as drug, dehydration, blockage below kidneys, infection, . .. etc; the existing kidney function could not be improved but be maintained and sustained as well and long as possible by keeping up kidney circulation with proper hydration and by avoiding kidney-insulting drugs such as.... ...Read more
Low kidney function: It is not normal for someone your age to have low kidney function. More details are needed. Is this a chronic condition? Acute? Often medications, acute illness, dehydration, etc. Can cause acute decrease in renal function. You need to sit down and discuss this with your doctor and possible a nephrologist. ...Read more
Several labs: To assess kidney function, the BUN and creatinine levels will be checked. They can be compared to the levels in the urine too. A better measure is called the GFR or glomerular filtration rate. A urinalysis to look for protein, blood, concentration ability, and so on is also helpful. ...Read more
Yes but rare: Penicillin is mostly metabolized/breakdown by the liver and the by-product is then excreted to the outside world via the kidneys in the urine. Typically this does not affect kidney functions, but in the rare cases when penicillin causes interstitial nephritis, renal function is affected. So, if you are not taking any else and now has kidney trouble with penicillin, get it checked. Good luck. ...Read more
KIDNEY FUNCTION: Has atendency to deteriorate with aging, diabetes just makes it happen a lot sooner, and at a rate much quicker than aging alone. The kidneys are very vascular organs that depend on high blood flow not only to do their job but also to keep good flow of oxygen through themselves. As blood vesels deteriorate, so does blood flow, triggering a cascade of changes leading to renal failure. ...Read more
Sure can: Kidney function is a pretty broad term, but excess fatigue can be a symptom that kidney funcioning is not well, along with symptoms such as high blood pressure. Poor kidney functioning can also create some toxicity if severe enough. If one has renal difficulties and experiencces significant changes in mental state or energy levels, it is something to consult your nephrologist about. ...Read more
Unlikely: I am unaware of a direct correlation between body odor and kidney function. ...Read more
Close: They are not the same, but close. Since a normal gfr-glomerular filtration rate-is about 100ml/minute, the % term is often used. So a GFR of 30 cc/min is about 30% of normal kidney function. As one ages, the GFR naturally decreases, so it becomes less accurate. But for common use they are about the same. ...Read more
Can be with azotemia: No correlation between body odor & norm, ally functioning kidneys. But serious kidney disease, as in end stage kideny disease or failing kidneys subjecs are unable to process or eliminate certain toxins such as urea. This gives them an unpleasant odor. ...Read more
Probably can: Your nephrologist is the best person to guide you. If you are well and do not have any serious symptoms, you can be managed medically which will include low protein diet and good management of your bp (keeping it as low as it is safe. What is your blood creatinine level like? ...Read more
GFR 10: This differs for everyone but in a relatively narrow range. Some patients with cardiac disease benefit from dialysis at higher GFR (low creatinine), african americans seem to tolerate higher creatinine without symptoms. In general convert the creatinine to egfr (online calculator) and expect dialysis at egfr less than 15 ml/min. ...Read more
Possibly: It depends on the degree of restriction. It takes only 10% of one kidney to maintain adequate kidney function, but its never a good idea to lose a kidney if you don't have to. ...Read more
? Reduce function: Narrowing of the ureter can be congenital at either end, ureterovesical or ureteropelvic junction obstructions. Narrowing can occur after passage or removal of a kidney or ureteral stone. Ureter can be constricted by retroperitoneal fibrosis or inflammation. Diuretic nuclear scan can quantify both relative function and degree of obstruction if present. Significant obstruction can destroy function. ...Read more
Likely Not: Alcohol acts as a diuretic so it is possible that your labs could look like you are dehydrated. In addition, if you drink regularly you can develop muscle breakdown from a low phosphorous and this would be detected on kidney labs. Finally, drinking alcohols such as ethylene glycol or methanol causes acute kidney failure. Otherwise the labs should be normal. ...Read more
See answer: In general, patients with impaired renal function need to limit their total protein intake and 60% of their daily protein intake should be high quality protein. Egg white is a good and common source of high quality protein which can meat the basic physical demand and meanwhile produce less urea nitrogen which needs to be discharged by kidney. Avoid or limit egg yolk because of cholesterol content. ...Read more
Not long: We only need 10% of our kidneys to have normal function. The healthy remaining kidney should give you full function soon after having one removed. ...Read more
Improvement.: On the surface, this would suggest that your kidney function has improved. That being said, that GFR is still quite low and suggests some real kidney issue. I hope you're being followed by a kidney doctor, as you need one. ...Read more
Rarely: The answer depends on whether the kidney dysfunction developed quickly or over a long period of time. If there was something that caused the kidneys to fail that can be corrected such as dehydration or a medication, the kidneys can recover. However if the condition developed over many years associated with a chronic disease such as diabetes high blood pressure or glomerulonephritis than the likelihood of recovery is low. ...Read more
Nothing really: I'm going to assume that you are being followed for moderate kidney failure by a physician who's good at this sort of thing and that you have a diagnosis. The GFR that's routinely obtained from ordinary bloodwork is a very crude estimate in the first place and fluctuates with your hydration, status of your illness, and much else. Find out your actual diagnosis & outlook & stay proactive. ...Read more
I take it you are a recepient of a kidney transplant and your kidneys were causing harm to you so they were removed at the same time.
The new kidney will do the work of 2 as long as there is no rejection or infection. ...Read more
Kidney function: You should see a nephrologist (n) to find out why you have kidney disease (kd). Once the cause if found, a treatment plan can be formulated. If you have diabetes, control of bp, protein in your urine, glucose are crucial in keeping your kidney function from declining. If you have hypertension, control it. See a n to have the best chance of keeping your kidney function stable. Good luck. ...Read more
A lot of fluid around body. Kidney function normal. Told to take Duiretics, is finding the cause important. Not salt as do not use it.
At 40-50 percent of kidney function. Could I live a normal life as anyone else assuming I diet, excercise etc. Or is life expectancy less?
Likely yes: You can live a normal life even with less kidney function as long as the disease affecting it is under control. Also, nobody at 48 has 100% kidney function. As the kidney ages, it loses function typically. Most regular people your age will be at 70% or less. ...Read more
Can be bad: Nsaids are commonly used meds & can be obtained over the counter, so a great question! By themselves, they cause a change in an important chemical pathway that helps kidneys regulate their blood flow, so if someone has a problem already they can make it worse. Combining with some common BP meds, the ace inhibitors can cause kidney failure so be careful. Nsaids are a common cause kidney damage. ...Read more
No: A kidney transplant is meant precisely for someone with less than 10% kidney function. There are of course other medical disorders that can make someone ineligible for a kidney transplant, and a transplant nephrologist can help counsel you with more specific advise if needed. ...Read more
Not common: Some antidepressants have been linked to nonspecific renal failure, but they have not been established as the only causative factor. More often, the challenge is the other way 'round: needing to treat patients who have renal failure, for depression. In those cases, we often have to decrease the dose of antidepressant. Lithium, mainly a mood stabilizer, can affect kidney function. ...Read more