There are several physical symptoms of kidney disease, but people usually attribute them to other conditions in many cases. What’s more, people with kidney conditions typically do not experience any symptoms until the late stages, when there’s plenty of proteins in the urine or when the kidneys are failing. This explains why less than 10% of people with chronic kidney disease know they are affected.
While the surest way to know that you’ve got problems with your kidney is by getting tested, I’ll share with you 10 early warning signs of kidney disease. Suppose you are at risk of this condition due to underlying risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure. In that case, you’re older than 60 years of age or there’s a history of kidney failure in your family, then you need to get tested annually for kidney disease. It would help if you discussed every symptom you’re experiencing with your doctor.
Your kidneys are responsible for the filtration of waste from your blood. The filtered waste is then sent to your pee, from where it is flushed out of your body. When your kidneys malfunction, the toxins can build up. One symptom of this is fatigue. You’ll feel weak, spent, or have difficulty concentrating. This is because your kidneys create a hormone that informs your body to produce red blood cells. Now, if you don’t have plenty of red blood cells, your blood cannot deliver as much oxygen as it should to your brain and muscles as they need.
Research has shown a possible link between chronic kidney disease and sleep apnea, which leads to kidney failure and organ damage over time. Sleep apnea affects your kidneys by preventing an adequate supply of oxygen to your body. Chronic kidney disease, in turn, triggers sleep apnea by toxin build-up, narrowing your throat, and other ways.
Your skin may get dry and itchy if your kidneys cannot flush out toxins, and they accumulate in your blood. This results in a rash or causes excessive itching all over your body. Over time, your kidneys will not be able to keep up with their function of balancing the nutrients and minerals in your body. The result is bone and mineral disease, which can cause itchiness and dryness of your skin.
If you feel the need to pee all the time, mostly at night, this may be a symptom of kidney disease. When the filters in your kidney are damaged, it can cause you to have a very high urge to urinate. In some cases, this can be a symptom of a urinary infection. It could also indicate an enlarged prostate in men,
When your kidneys fail in their duty of flushing out sodium, fluid accumulates in your body, leading to puffy ankles, hands, legs, face, or feet. You’ll observe a swelling mostly in your feet and ankles. Also, protein leaking in your urine may show up as puffiness around the eye area.
Cramps may show up in your legs or any other part of your body. This could be a symptom of poor kidney health. Imbalance in electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, or sodium can interfere with nerve and muscle function.
If you have too many bubbles in the urine — especially the type that requires several flushing sessions before they go away — that indicates protein in the urine. It may have the appearance of the foam that you see when scrambling your eggs. This is true because albumin, the protein found in urine, is just the same protein present in eggs.
When your kidney goes bad, your organs are unable to make enough of erythropoietin. Erythropoietin is a hormone that signals your body to produce red blood cells. In the absence of red blood cells, you’ll have anemia and feel short of breath.
Fluid buildup is another cause. You may find it difficult to catch your breath. In extreme cases, you’ll feel like drowning when you’re lying down.
Kidney disease can cause vomiting or nausea and stomach upset. Of course, you’ll crave very little for food. That may lead to weight loss in some cases.
If your kidney is healthy, it will retain the blood cells in the body during waste filtration from the blood to produce urine. However, if you have unhealthy or damaged kidneys, these blood cells will begin to leak into the urine. Apart from being an early sign of kidney disease, blood in the urine may also indicate kidney stones, infection, or tumors.
· High blood pressure
· Polycystic kidney disease
If you have end-stage kidney disease, it’s essential to avoid having too much phosphorus and potassium. If you don’t have severe kidney damage, potassium is one of the most critical minerals to support your kidneys. However, when you have kidney damage, you will likely have low vitamin D and calcium.
· Leafy-green vegetables
· Renafood (standard process)
· Baja gold sea salt
· Organic grass-fed meat
· Beat leaves
· All low-quality foods containing herbicides, chemicals, GMOs, and pesticides
Drinking 2.5 liters of water daily is ideal for supporting your kidneys and keeping them healthy. So drink up and keep those kidneys happy.
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