Kidney Overview

There are many chemicals in our water supplies today and our Kidneys have to deal with the filtering of water and liquids.

Kidneys disease may progress without symptoms for a long time until only very minimal kidney function is left. Kidney disease can affect the body in many different ways. Symptoms vary greatly. Notably, most patients have no decrease in urine output even with very advanced chronic kidney disease.

The following are symptoms of kidney problems:

* Fatigue and weakness (from anemia or accumulation of waste products in the body)

* Loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting

* Need to urinate frequently, especially at night

* Swelling of the legs and puffiness around the eyes (fluid retention)

* Itching, easy bruising, and pale skin (from anemia)

* Headaches, numbness in the feet or hands (peripheral neuropathy), disturbed sleep, altered mental status (encephalopathy from the accumulation of waste products or uremic poisons), and restless legs syndrome

* High blood pressure, chest pain due to pericarditis (inflammation around the heart)

* Shortness of breath from fluid in lungs

* Bleeding (poor blood clotting)

* Bone pain and fractures

* Decreased sexual interest and erectile dysfunction

Besides the common urine tests the following blood tests are done:

Creatinine and urea (BUN) in the blood:

Estimated GFR

Electrolyte levels and acid-base balance

Blood cell counts

Anything we can do to take the stress of our kidneys, such a simple change to distilled water should be considered. Natural cures are always best, research from Italy has shown vitamin C and vitamin E can reduce kidney cancer risk by over 40%. A Homeopathic Doctor should be consulted to make sure you have the right balance of supplements for your system.

More information about kidneys

Dialysis facts
Kidney treatments
Kidney stones
Symptoms of kidney stones

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