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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August 17, 2009

5 Benefits of Red Wine

It’s been said for centuries; “A glass of red wine each day is good for you” – and it’s true. Here are a few reasons why red wine is good for your health.

1. Heart Disease – The most studied benefit of red wine is its ability to protect against various types of heart disease. Scientists believe that regular consumption of red wine is a sure defence against coronary heart disease because of its ability to reduce the production of cholesterol.

2. Clots – Moderate wine drinkers have been found to have lower levels of protein fibrinogen (fibrinogen promotes blood clot formation)

3. Kidney Stones – Red wine has the ability to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

4. High Blood Pressure – Too much alcohol can increase blood pressure; however a study found that the blood pressure of wine drinkers after two glasses and a meal was lower than its initial state.

5. Reverse Smoking Effects – smoking impairs the body’s natural ability to relax it’s vessels. Red wine decreases this harmful effect on the cells in the vessels.

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