North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Health

March 25, 2009

Health Watch: Chronic Kidney Disease a serious, but treatable disorder

Health Watch By Steve Mullenix

The North Jefferson News




We may not give our kidneys much credit, but they are pretty important.

In addition to removing waste and fluid from our bodies, our kidneys perform these other important jobs:

• Regulate body water and other chemicals in the blood such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium

• Remove drugs and toxins introduced into the body

• Release hormones into the blood to help the body

• regulate blood pressure

• make red blood cells

• promote strong bones

However, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney disease, you’re at risk for a condition called chronic kidney disease (CKD). Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by doing the jobs listed.

If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage.

Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long period of time. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.



What causes CKD?

The two main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, which are responsible for up to two-thirds of the cases. Diabetes happens when your blood sugar is too high, causing damage to many organs in your body, including the kidneys and heart, as well as blood vessels, nerves and eyes.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the pressure of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels increases. If uncontrolled, or poorly controlled, high blood pressure can be a leading cause of heart attacks, strokes and chronic kidney disease. Also, chronic kidney disease can cause high blood pressure.

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