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What is recommended to eat if you have medullary sponge kidney disease?

What is recommended to eat if you have medullary sponge kidney disease?

See below: Medullary sponge kidney is a risk factor for kidney stone formation.There may be certain chemical abnormalities in the urine which allow formation of kidney stones.Your doctor can run certain tests on the basis of which suggest changes in fluid intake, diet and maybe some medications to prevent stones from forming. ...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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What should a 72 year old woman with chronic kidney disease avoid to make sure she stays healthy?

What should a 72 year old woman with chronic kidney disease avoid to make sure she stays healthy?

See a nephrologist: Who can co-ordinate your care in terms of preserving kidney function while also addressing other conditions you may have. S/he will advise you on which medications you take may worsen kidney function & offer alternates. Will also recommend foods/beverages to avoid. ...Read more

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How to maintain a good mental health while suffering from chronic kidney disease as it is life long?

How to maintain a good mental health while suffering from chronic kidney disease as it is life long?

Reg. kidney check up: have a healthy life style with balanced fluid intake andregular at least 3-6 monthly check up with kidney specialist. ...Read more

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Does having fishy breath automatically mean you have chronic kidney disease? 22 y.O. Female in good health.

Does having fishy breath automatically mean you have chronic kidney disease? 22 y.O. Female in good health.

Fishy breath: No - uremic breath is distinct and not exactly fishy - It is possible post nasal drip or sinus infection is responsible; I recommend frequent drinking, mints, mouth wash 3 x daily, dental brushing 2-3 x daily; of course, if concerned have a blood test. ...Read more

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What shouldn't i eat/drink if I have polycystic kidney disease?

What shouldn't i eat/drink if I have polycystic kidney disease?

Consistency : Make healthy decisions: low sodium diet, exercise, no tobacco, and be consistent. Take prescribed medications, control blood pressure, avoid all nsaids, if diabetic manage it well, and like everyone it helps to have a little bit of good luck too. Get a nephrologist (kidney doctor) who will look for ways to slow/prevent loss of kidney function, and if needed prepare for end stage kidney disease. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between long-term kidney disease and bone health issues?

Is there a connection between long-term kidney disease and bone health issues?

Bone and kidney: People with chronic kidney disease stage 3 and higher can develop problems with their bones. This is due to a deficit of vit d made by the diseased kidney and causes a low serum calcium (c) level due to its not being absorbed by the intestine. In response to this parathyroid hormone is secreted to raise c by liberating it from bone. Phosphorus (p) is also liberated. This action weakens the bones. ...Read more

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Should someone with kidney disease limit eating meat since kidneys work harder when consume too much of it? What to eat?

Should someone with kidney disease limit eating meat since kidneys work harder when consume too much of it?  What to eat?

Talk 2 ur kidney doc: Most americans eat way more protein than necessary. 3-4oz of protein is no more than your fist or a deck of cards. You don't need 16-24oz steak each night. But your protein limitation also depends upon your kidney's level of (dys)function. Check out http://www.Davita.Com/kidney-disease/diet-and-nutrition/diet-basics/dietary-protein-and-chronic-kidney-disease/e/5302 for more detailed info. ...Read more

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I have polycystic kidney disease PKD diagnosed when i was 14 now i'm 34 i don't take any meds just living a healthy lifestyle. Is there any meds?

I have polycystic kidney disease PKD diagnosed when i was 14 now i'm 34 i don't take any meds just living a healthy lifestyle. Is there any meds?

Pkd: Adjust diet significantly. Avoid saturated fats. Minimize animal protein to 30 grams per day. Minimize salt. Avoid caffeine. Drink 4 liters of fluid per day. Achieve ideal body weight. Do not smoke. Control blood pressure to 130/80. Avoid trauma. Avoid infection. Soy and omega 3 help daily. Taking ACE inhibitors can help and low dose statin can help. Taking tolvaptan can help but with side effect ...Read more

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What type of food can someone eat if they have kidney disease and liver failure?

What type of food can someone eat if they have kidney disease and liver failure?

Diet: That is a great question and depends on the degree of kidney disease. For example those with less than 30% function should restrict salt, fluid, potassium and phosphorous. Others have different requirements. I would visit the National Kidney Foundation website www.kidney.org. Its a great resource. ProRenal multivitamins are also great for patients with kidney disease. ...Read more

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I have nephrotic syndrome (kidney disease) and i want to use a kidney detox from a health store or the chemist, is it a good idea?

I have nephrotic syndrome (kidney disease) and i want to use a kidney detox from a health store or the chemist, is it a good idea?

Do not take a chance: You already have a kidney damage, it does not make sense to use so called " kidney detox" from a health store which contain un tested( many time un safe ) ingredients. You are under the impression that these are from health stores and natural, hence they are safe! far from it, alarming numbers are dangerous. Please donot push your kidneys to the limit that they fail ! zk. ...Read more

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Does a person who tends to get kidney stones have 'kidney disease?" Seems like my Urologist told me I have it. What steps 2 take to be healthy?

Not really: "Kidney disease" usually means actual long-term damage to the filters or tubules. Kidney stones can cause tubular damage if the kidneys get infected as a result. Your best move is to drink plenty of water, enough so your urine is never dark but always near-clear. Specific stone compositions have specific regimens that may help. ...Read more

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What kind of food can I eat if I have Polycystic kidney disease and Cyst on the Pancrea ? And I previously had a Pancreatitis with a lipase of 16,000.

What kind of food can I eat if I have Polycystic kidney disease and Cyst on the Pancrea ? And I previously had a Pancreatitis with a lipase of 16,000.

Diet is not key: This is a lifetime challenge, but you can eat whatever you like without expecting specific benefits or harms. As your kidneys fail later in life, restrictions will become more important. I hope you will be able to get a transplant. ...Read more

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How long can i live having polycystic kidney disease knowing that my GFR is normal but my microalbuminurea in Blood is elevated!!!can i eat proteins?

How long can i live having polycystic kidney disease knowing that my GFR is normal but my microalbuminurea in Blood is elevated!!!can i eat proteins?

Polycystic kidney: Only 50 percent of persons with polycystic kidney disease progress to kidney failure. Diet is hugely important. Eat only 30 grams of animal protein per day. Make 90% of your diet fruit and vegetables and grain. Avoid saturated fat and cholesterol. Control blood pressure to 125/75-80. Don't smoke. Keep weigh ideal. ...Read more

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I have calcium oxalate stones in my two kidneys and I have pkd, autosomal recessive kidney disease, please advice what type of food I should eat!

I have calcium oxalate stones in my two kidneys and I have pkd, autosomal recessive kidney disease, please advice what type of food I should eat!

Oxalate stones: Studies show high intake of lemon citrate is essential. high intake of magnesium and potassium is essential. Low intake of salt and animal protein is essential. Take 5 teaspoons of ReaLemon extract per day. Eat tropical fruits such as mango, melons, kiwi, tomato. Drink 3-4 quarts fluid per day. Avoid caffeine. ...Read more

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22 yo f in good health experiencing mild pains on right lower rib cage. Pain in right back when running. Kidney disease or liver cancer likely?

22 yo f in good health experiencing mild pains on right lower rib cage. Pain in right back when running. Kidney disease or liver cancer likely?

Q 4 Physiatry, Sport: A healthy runner would be unlikely to have a major illness. Hence if i saw someone in my college town practice who was 22, i would refer her to orthopedic surgery or sports medicine clinic for initial evaluation. I would not drop things there, however. I would communicate with all of the consultants, look at ehrs, speak with the patient about changes and continue to refer to specialists as needed. ...Read more

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Chances of kidney disease at 16? See bubbles in pee, less when sitting. Have bad health anxiety. Possible swelling between thumb and index mostlyright

Chances of kidney disease at 16?
See bubbles in pee, less when sitting.
Have bad health anxiety.
Possible swelling between thumb and index mostlyright

HEALTH WORRIES: Nothing that you have said makes me overly concerned about any acute or emergent medical issues. You should discuss this anxiety with your parents and with your doctor. I think that both sources can help greatly in reducing your anxiety. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have kidney disease?

How do you know if you have kidney disease?

Blood tesy: The most common, albeit not most accurate, measure is creatinine level in the blood. This can be used as a close estimate of overall kidney function at a reasonable cost and patient tolerability. ...Read more

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What symptoms are you having when you find out you have kidney disease?

What symptoms are you having when you find out you have kidney disease?

Varies widely. : The symptoms & signs of kidney failure vary widely. It depends on the degree of kidney underfunction, the onset, the cause, & the duration. If gradual, there may be no initial symptoms. Sometimes there is blood in the urine & flank pain. Ultimately, hypertension, swelling & uremia results: anorexia, nausea, vomiting, pericarditis, peripheral neuropathy, and central nervous system abnormalities. ...Read more

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Why do folk medicine people say you have kidney disease if you wake up at 3am a lot?

Why do folk medicine people say you have kidney disease if you wake up at 3am a lot?

See below: They were right, as you loose kidney function ie if your blood tests reveal lower GFR , your kidneys loose the ability to concentrate urine and your blader gets full quickly and you may have to empty the bladder a few times at night , not particularly at 3 am! ...Read more

Previous Kidney Disease (Definition)

Polycystic kidney disease is a kidney disorder passed down through families in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing ...Read more


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