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Are low level kidney diseases and high protein diets connected?

Are low level kidney diseases and high protein diets connected?

See below: I am unclear about your question, but if you mean does high protein diet cause quicker deterioration of kidney function, then the answer is potentially yes. ...Read more

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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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Does low c3c combined with low phosphate levels always mean you have kidney disease?

Does low c3c combined with low phosphate levels always mean you have kidney disease?

No: Often c3 complement levels are a nonspecific marker of other possible problems like infection or autoimmune inflammation or lupus perhaps. But if you have normal kidney function otherwise that may not be the case. You might need to have your kidney function looked at more closely to be sure of this with other tests first. ...Read more

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Does this mean kidney disease? Any reason for co cern? High creatinine low egfr normal bun

Does this mean kidney disease? Any reason for co cern? High creatinine low egfr normal bun

How high?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have been helpful to know the actual creatinine and eGFR values. If these are abnormal if would be prudent to consult a nehprologist so that a treatable entity is not overlooked. ...Read more

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How effective is a low-protein diet for treating chronic kidney disease?

How effective is a low-protein diet for treating chronic kidney disease?

Best to say, a bit.: without an exam, I can only give general information. while low protein diet is recommended, the benefits are mild mainly because most causes of chronic kidney disease (diabetes) we cannot forestall continuing injury. Protein takes kidney effort to get rid of. less kidney effort if lower protein intake. ...Read more

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Does low ionized calcium level in the blood mean having kidney disease? Please explain.

Does low ionized calcium level in the blood mean having  kidney disease? Please explain.

Not necessarily: There are other more common causes, like Vitamin D deficiency. Typically if someone has checked your calcium they have also checked your kidney function (specifically creatinine), so if you are worried about your kidneys you could ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Can we say that if a person has low IONIZED CALCIUM and high INTACT PTH, that person has already kidney disease?

Can we say that if a person has low IONIZED CALCIUM and high INTACT PTH, that person has already kidney disease?

No: Kidney disease diagnosis requires many more criteria. PTH is only one seen in advanced kidney disease. It is raised on other conditions too. ...Read more

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Now that my IONIZED CALCIUM is low and my INTACT PTH is high, does it mean or does it confirm that I have kidney disease?

Now that my IONIZED CALCIUM is low and my INTACT PTH is high, does it mean or does it confirm that I have kidney disease?

Not diagnostic: Hi. Low ionized calcium and high PTH (a condition called secondary hyperparathyroidism) is in no way diagnostic of kidney disease. Secondary hyperparathyroidism may be seen in kidney disease. Kidney disease is usually diagnosed by an elevated serum creatinine and sometimes by other things like protein or blood in the urine. There are common non-kidney causes of secondary hyperparathyroidism. ...Read more

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What are side effects of low dose taxol with herceptin every week for 12 weeks i have stage 4 kidney disease and am concerned?

What are side effects of low dose taxol with herceptin every week for 12 weeks i have stage 4 kidney disease and am concerned?

Yes, but...: Has your stage-4 kidney disease occurred before or after Herceptin with low dose of taxol? Herceptin is known to have significant adverse effects on to the kidneys and Taxol is not. So, it is good idea to ask your treating doctor for the specific profile possibly fitting you since s/he knows more about you than anyone online and will monitor your kidney function while receiving Herceptin. Best.... ...Read more

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What's the indicator that a person has kidney disease? Is it low calcium, abnormal Intact PTH, high Creatinine level, or what? Explain.

What's the indicator that a person has kidney disease? Is it low calcium, abnormal Intact PTH, high Creatinine level, or what? Explain.

Several things: Hi. Depending on the type of kidney disease, Several things are possible, but the most general lab test is an increase in serum creatinine. Some kidney diseases can present with normal creatinine and an increase in urinary protein, increase in blood pressure, blood in the urine, etc. Please see a kidney doctor (nephrologist) to be evaluated. They are excellent physiologists and physicians. ...Read more

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Can Stage 3 kidney disease & kidney stones cause minor anemia & low TIBC? Thank you.

Can Stage 3 kidney disease & kidney stones cause minor anemia & low TIBC? Thank you.

Yes: It can definitely cause anemia in what we call anemia of inflammation. It is also known as anemia of chronic disease. The kidneys secrete an important hormone called erythopoetin which helps with the production of red blood cells. For this reason, you have anemia of chronic disease. You should definitely have iron studies drawn and see if you are a candidate for medication. ...Read more

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Does a low GFR always mean kidney disease? Sle pt.In hosp 4months ago. Dark brown urine and +4 protein but dr said kid fine.Hep dr just found GFR 43.

Does a low GFR always mean kidney disease? Sle pt.In hosp 4months ago. Dark brown urine and +4 protein but dr said kid fine.Hep dr just found GFR 43.

GFR of 43: If real GFR is 43, you have stage 3 ckd. If may be caused by your proteinuria. Speak to a nephrologist to see if your proteinuria is caused by a disease that can be treated. After finding out its cause, see if you can preserve or recover some kidney function, or not lose any more by some form of treatment of the underlying disease causing your proteinuria. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid mask symptoms of high blood pressure caused by kidney disease? Is blood pressure of 170/150 a medical emergency?

Can low thyroid mask symptoms of high blood pressure caused by kidney disease? Is blood pressure of 170/150 a medical emergency?

BP of 170/150: Your blood pressure is significantly elevated and is, therefore, poorly controlled. Your hypothyroidism is not masking it. As a young woman, you need to speak to your physician (P) about either increasing your BP meds, from one to more agents and considering the fact that you have secondary hypertension (SH) and working up for that possibility. See you P for more help, as your P knows you best. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a vegan diet could obscure kidney disease in lab tests? Is an eGFR of 79 in a diabetic with low blood protein kidney disease?

Is it possible that a vegan diet could obscure kidney disease in lab tests? Is an eGFR of 79 in a diabetic with low blood protein kidney disease?

Could be: A normal eGFR is higher than 90. Vegans have lower creatinine than meat eaters, and should have higher eGFR. Creatinine is the main factor in determining eGFR. It would be prudent to consult a nephrologist to rule out treatable issues and to have a close follow-up. ...Read more

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What hormone imbalances can cause excessive face/head sweating? I have underactive thyroid, kidney disease, & low cortisol levels. Can these diseases?

What hormone imbalances can cause excessive face/head sweating? I have underactive thyroid, kidney disease, & low cortisol levels. Can these diseases?

Any of them: Sweating from overactie thyroid. It could also be from hormonal changes with estrogen or testosterone, and with kidney disease you could have an imbalance of those. ...Read more

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Are there and kidney diseases that cause chronically low potassium? Even with normal bun and creatine?

Are there and kidney diseases that cause chronically low potassium? Even with normal bun and creatine?

Yes. : They lesions or diseases often are accompanied by high bp. There are kidney tubule defects or hormonal disturbances related to the adrenal gland function that can cause low potassium yet lab testing show normal kidney function in terms of clearance. Also medications and herbal supplements (including even exotic type of tea, licorice, or some tobaccos) can cause potassium disturbances. ...Read more

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I have been having stomach pain, upper left quadrant pain, low back pain intermittently for last month. I also get nauseous when laying on my stomach. My gallbladder was removed years ago. I do have hypertension, first stage kidney disease and diabetes. I

I have been having stomach pain, upper left quadrant pain, low back pain intermittently for last month. I also get nauseous when laying on my stomach. My gallbladder was removed years ago. I do have hypertension, first stage kidney disease and diabetes. I

Lots of Info: U say Stomach, I assume U mean abdominal. Gall bladder removal does not prevent gallbladder disease, still can have gravel & Pancreatitis (Bloating?). Left Quad pain ? constipation. Diabetes predisposes to Neuro-pathy which can affect everything. incl. GI tract & Muscles. U Need fiber & osmotic bowel supplement at times. U need examination by Internist & blood test to get prop specialist triage ...Read more

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Hematocrit (Definition)

Of red blood cell number. Classically this was the "packed cell volume." blood was placed in a microtube and spun in a centrifuge. The rbcs settle to the bottom and one measures the height in the tube and reported as a percentage. Now determined by an automated machine. A typical hct is about 3 ...Read more


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