Can chronic kidney failure be prevented?

Preventing CRF. It all depends upon the condition that is causing your kidneys to fail. Some things can be reversed such as simple dehydration with acute renal failure. Many other things can be slowed down and other conditions cannot be reversed. So, it really comes down to what the condition is and how early it is in the evolution of the problem.
Yes and no. Diabetes mellitus, the most common condition in adults leading to chronic renal failure, is an example that vigorous management can make a difference. A number of chronic glomerulonephritidis/glomerulopathies, e.g., lupus nephritis, however, often lead to renal failure in spite of aggressive treatment.

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What is kidney failure? How can it be treated/prevented?

Can be preventable. Leading causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure; kidney failure is often preventable. When kidneys fail, a person cannot excrete the body's toxins or excess fluids. They become anemic because of the lack of epo - put out by the kidneys to stimulate red cell production. Heart disease is virtually inseparable from kidney failure. Dialysis and transplant are treatments. Read more...

What could you do to prevent a kidney failure for a diabetic?

Control risk factors. You need to control your risk factors. Keep your A1c (average 2-3 months blood sugars) to < 7%, keep your blood pressure (very important) and cholesterol under control, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise at least 30 min 5 days/week. Please see your doctor regularly. Read more...
Diabetes checked. Keep your diabetes well checked and maintain hemoglobin A1c level close to 6.0. Dcct(diabetic control and complication trial), a large multicenter collaborative study proved that good diabetic control prevented the development of renal failure or slowed down the progression of already developed diabetic nephropathy. Read more...

Does drinking a lot of water prevents kidney failure?

No it doesn't. Drinking lots of water, within reason, is plain healthy. Keeps kidneys flushed, reduces risk of kidney stones ; insures satisfactory hydration of entire body. Water intake often has to be reduced in some people with kidney failure ; those on dialysis because failed kidneys may not be able to filter suffuciently. Read more...

What lifestyle changes can I make to help prevent kidney failure?

Exercise. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with low fat food, low salt diet. Avoid excessive weight gain. Stay well hydrated. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure it is well controlled. Exercise is important to improve all of these factors. And see as doctor regularly. They can do blood tests to check for kidney disease since this is often a silent disease. Read more...
Ideal weight needed. Also, no smoking and exercise almost daily but in moderation e.g. Daily half to one hour walk. Of importance is to control any chronic disease you may have with adequate med care. Read more...

Can kidney failure prevent a surgical wound from healing?

Yes. The body's ability to repair skin can be compromised by several diseases - including kidney failure. Make sure you work closely with your MD to monitor your healing and guide you to recovery. http://www.dermnetnz.org/doctors/wound-healing/abnormal-healing.html. Read more...
Wound . What is the site of your wound and what is your kidney function. There is limited data on wound healing and CKD. I would look for other reasons for delayed wound healing. . Read more...

What are the symptoms and how to prevent getting kidney failure if I have diabetes?

Protein, sugar, bp. Symptoms- you may not have any symptoms in early kidney disease- get your urine checked for protein, as this is the earliest sign of kidney disease. Late stages of kidney disease- some of the common symptoms are swelling of the feet, shortness of breath, fatigue, poor appetite.This list is not complete.Prevention- control diabetes, check for high bp, check with your doctor before starting any med. Read more...