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I have 36% kidney function, will alcohol cause more damage in moderation?

I have 36% kidney function, will alcohol cause more damage in moderation?

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

Kidney (Definition)

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


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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?

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?

Hard to say: There is a looong laundry list of things that can lead to kidney failure. Only the physician who took care of you in the ICU and knows the circumstances can tell what lead to the problem. ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect a poor functioning gallbladder?

Not a lot of evidence: A poorly functioning gallbladder is never a very secure a diagnosis of gallbladder disease. If you have stones it is a much more secure diagnosis. So if the underlying diagnosis is really gastritis or a duodenal ulcer alcohol could certainly make it worse. ...Read more

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Will alcohol affect me worse than if I had two functioning kidneys?

Will alcohol affect me worse than if I had two functioning kidneys?

Alcohol and kidneys: The kidneys are not involved in the metabolism of alcohol, the liver is. The kidneys excrete fluid. People who are kidney donors have one kidney and have normal renal function, so two kidneys will not change the handling of any alcohol you ingest. ...Read more

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How to make kidney function normal?

How to make kidney function normal?

It depends: On the underlying kidney problem. Kidney function can be improved with medications, modification in diet, avoidance of toxic medications, good control of blood pressure, diabetes etc. ...Read more

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What can he dp tp improve his kidney function?

What can he dp tp improve his kidney function?

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

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I was told I have low kidney function, should I be concerned?

I was told I have low kidney function, should I be concerned?

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

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What are kidney function tests?

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

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Can penicillin affect kidney function?

Can penicillin affect kidney function?

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

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What are the normal kidney function tests?

What are the normal kidney function tests?

Creatinine level: Blood tests to assess kidney function like serum creatinine and a normal ua. ...Read more

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What happens to kidney function in diabetes?

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

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Can poor kidney function cause weird body odor?

Can poor kidney function cause weird body odor?

Yes, this can happen: At significantly low levels of kidney function. In addition, food and medication can also lead to abnormal odors. ...Read more

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Can kidney function recover once dialysis is started?

Can kidney function recover once dialysis is started?

It depends: Depends on the reason the patie t needed to be started on dialysis. Acute renal failure potentially can be recovered from, in which case dialysis is supportive. Chronic renal failure does not improve with dialysis. ...Read more

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Does kidney function make you energy fluctuate, if so, how?

Does kidney function make you energy fluctuate, if so, how?

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

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Is there a connection between kidney function and body odor?

Is there a connection between kidney function and body odor?

Yes it is: When your kidnes are not functioning properly there is build up of chemicals in the body and can give bad odor. The common causes of bad odor are diet and hormone level and alcohol. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between kidney function and body odor?

Is there any correlation between kidney function and body odor?

Unlikely: I am unaware of a direct correlation between body odor and kidney function. ...Read more

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Can your GFR level also mean your percentage of kidney function?

Can your GFR level also mean your percentage of kidney function?

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

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Could there be a correlation between kidney function and body odor?

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

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A person with kidney function of 25%. Can she live without dialysis?

A person with kidney function of 25%. Can she live without dialysis?

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

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What. Is lowest kidney function can get before dialysis is required?

What. Is lowest kidney function can get before dialysis is required?

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

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Does a restricted ureter have an effect on long-term kidney function?

Does a restricted ureter have an effect on long-term kidney function?

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

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What effects does a restricted ureter have on long-term kidney function?

What effects does a restricted ureter have on long-term kidney function?

? 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

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Will getting my kidney function checked show results of recently drinking?

Will getting my kidney function checked show results of recently drinking?

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

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How true eggwhite is not good for patient who has impaired kidney function?

How true eggwhite is not good for patient who has impaired kidney function?

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

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How long does it take to get normal kidney function after donating a kidney?

How long does it take to get normal kidney function after donating a kidney?

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

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What do you suggest if my kidney function went from a GFR reading of 33 to 38?

What do you suggest if my kidney function went from a GFR reading of 33 to 38?

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

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If my kidneys are barely working, can my kidney function ever return to normal?

If my kidneys are barely working, can my kidney function ever return to normal?

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

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My kidney function went from a GFR reading of 33 to 38. What does this indicate?

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

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If a diabetic has about 60% of his kidney function, can it get better with care?

If a diabetic has about 60% of his kidney function, can it get better with care?

Sometimes: Previously it was thought that once damaged kidneys could not improve. I have been noticing though that with right combination of diet, medical management and lipid control kidney function can improve. ...Read more

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Will a new kidney function normally after just having a left and right nephrectomy?

Will a new kidney function normally after just having a left and right nephrectomy?

Yes: 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

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My kidney function GFR is 55 I am a 58 year old male...how can I get it in a higher range?

See nephrologist: Please consult a nephrologitst at your earliest to find out why your kidney function is sub-normal and follow the kidney doctor's advice about diet and medications, if latter is needed. ...Read more

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My kidney function is at borderline levels. How can I best prevent further deterioration?

My kidney function is at borderline levels. How can I best prevent further deterioration?

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

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I am two months and had a creatinine kidney function test that has out of range results. Everything else was normal.?

Abnormal creatinine: You need to go to your OB and have your urine checked for protein. Renal function does not decrease in normal pregnancy. See your OB doctor as soon as possible to be assessed. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Fluid retention: Do you mean the fluid is in your legs? Abdomen?
fluid retention could be due to several reasons including heart failure, liver disease, losing protein in urine etc. ...Read more

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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

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For kidney function how harmful are nsaids?

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

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Could 10% kidney function make you ineligible for a transplant?

Could 10% kidney function make you ineligible for a transplant?

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

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Can antidepressants affect kidney function?

Can antidepressants affect kidney function?

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