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Chronic Kidney Disease: All you should know

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Tuesday, 6th April 2021

Kidneys are two bean-shaped organs lying on either side of your body towards the back and below the ribs. The key function of the kidneys is to filter the waste out of your blood. The waste that the kidney filters is ultimately removed from your body through urination. When kidneys malfunction, your blood tends to get loaded with impurities leading to a life-taking condition eventually. These days, chronic kidney disease or CKD is a very common complaint among patients and the condition may only worsen over the time.

 According to data furnished by PRACTO, the topmost integrated healthcare brand of the country it had seen a mammoth increase of about 432% in the CKD-related queries from patients since the previous year. It is, in fact, among the ‘Top 10 patient queries’ with nearly 1/3rd of the net consultations sought coming from patients between the age group of 21 years and 30 years and next from patients aged 60 years and beyond; i.e. nearly 33%. 77% of the kidney disease-related consultation requests have come from men and 23% of the requests have come from women. There were plenty of queries coming from the non-metropolitan cities such as Jaipur, Aurangabad, Azamgarh, Lucknow, and Kallur Thekkummuri.

CKD may eventually lead to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Kidney failure.

If your kidney fails, the only thing that can help you keep alive is a kidney transplant or dialysis.

While the CKD is gradually moving towards becoming a global health problem, it is pertinent to learn about the issue.

Causes of CKD

  • Family History
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Aging
  • Abnormal structure of the kidneys
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Glomerulonephritis or inflammation of glomeruli
  • Interstitial nephritis 
  • Renal stones
  • Vesicoureteral 
  • Recurrent kidney infections

Symptoms of CKD

  • Muscular cramps
  • Belly pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of urination or too much of it
  • Swelling at the ankles and feet
  • Fever and chills
  • Backache
  • Diarrhea

Also Read: Why and How Do Men Die

If you are experiencing any one of the above symptoms, your kidneys are on the way towards total damage and so, you must not delay consulting a doctor at the earliest. In most cases, CKD kills silently. Only when the disease has advanced much, symptoms show up and the symptoms at that stage are mostly related to the accumulation of excess fluid and wastes in the body. CKD can impact the functioning of the other parts of your body too in an adverse manner. For instance, you may develop cardiac issues, anemia, bone disease, fluid accumulation, accumulation of calcium and potassium alongside CKD.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) stands for all 5 stages of kidney damage, from mild damage of the kidneys in Stage 1 to total kidney failure in Stage 5.

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