March 11, 2013

The 6 Most FAQ About Kidney Disease

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March is National Kidney Month. In order to bring awareness to kidney disease, here are the six most frequently asked questions about the kidneys and kidney disease.

What do kidneys do?

They help balance chemicals and fluids in your blood by removing waste and toxins through urine.

Is kidney disease hereditary?

Diabetes and blood pressure can run in the family. Since these two conditions affect the kidneys, if not properly managed, they can lead to kidney problems. The only kidney condition that is known to directly pass from parent to child is Polycystic Kidney Disease.


How do I know if I have Kidney disease?

The best way to find out is to ask your doctor to test you for it. If you have diabetes and high blood pressure, you are more likely to develop kidney disease. Other symptoms might include:

  • Brown urine
  • Swelling of the ankles, hands, or face
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Back pain below the rib cage
  • Fatigue
  • Itchy skin

Is there a cure for Kidney Disease?

Currently, there is no cure for kidney disease. However, there are treatments like dialysis and proper diet that can help combat kidney disease.

What is kidney dialysis?

Dialysis is a process that replaces the functions of the kidneys. It cleans a patient’s blood by eliminating waste and excess fluids.

Can I sell one of my kidneys?

It is illegal to sell a kidney. If you would like to donate a kidney, you should sign up to become a donor.

For more information about National Kidney Month visit the National Kidney Disease Education Program.


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October 8, 2009

How to Lower High Blood Pressure

Many people don’t realize how bad high blood pressure can be for your body, and even more don’t know how to lower high blood pressure even after they know they have it. High blood pressure can lead to early damage of the blood vessels and heart. This can cause strokes, kidney problems, and heart disease.

Because high blood pressure does not normally present any sort of symptoms it is important to get you blood pressure tested regularly. There are ways though that you can help keep your blood pressure down and decrease the risk of any potential outcomes of high blood pressure.

  • Don’t smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product.
  • Try to lose weight if you’re overweight
  • Moderate intensity exercise 30 to 60 minutes, 4 to 7 days per week
  • Limit how much sodium you eat.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Eat foods containing enough potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  • Avoid fat and cholesterol.
  • Try relaxation techniques

There are also medications that can be taken to help lower your blood pressure. Medications are important and you may need to take them, but switching your lifestyle habits will make you healthier and if you don’t have high blood pressure may save you from developing it in the first place.

Information provided on this website is for general purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of advice from your practitioner.

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