We all hope to stay healthy and strong in our daily lives. Sadly, this is not the case with many people who are diagnosed with a harmful disease.
Chronic kidney disease is a condition that damages your kidneys and decreases their ability to keep you healthy. If a kidney disease grows worse, wastes inside of your body may build up causing you to feel ill. Anemia, weak bones, nerve damage, and high blood pressure are just to name a few harmful problems that can occur.
Kidney disease has also been proven to increase your risk for heart disease. A new research study has actually shown that this also has a reverse effect. Heart disease can trigger kidney disease as well. It is a very reasonable diagnosis, considering high blood pressure and diabetes are the main risk factors in both diseases.
Tests have shown that once the kidneys begin to fail, a bodily reaction then takes place which accelerates heart disease. This is now being found in younger age groups as well. These diseases are very serious and can lead to death. During the research for a study linking heart and kidney diseases together, a whopping 191 people died.
For those who begin with heart disease, their risk of declining kidney functions within the next 9 years will double. Heart disease narrows arteries in the body and the kidneys are one of these.
For those diagnosed with either disease, immediate attention should be taken. For kidney disease a highly recommended treatment is pills such as ACE inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers which have also been known to lower blood pressure, which in turn helps your heart as well.
Here are a few facts from the National Kidney Foundation:
-Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
-20 million Americans – 1 in 9 US adults – have CKD and another 20 million are at an increased risk.
-Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).
-Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
-Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
-Persistent proteinuria means CKD.
-High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension, and family history of kidney disease.
-African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Seniors are at an increased risk.
-Three simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin, and serum creatine.
Don’t stay in the dark when it comes to something as serious as these diseases. There are many tests available for you to find out if you have or are at high risk for kidney disease and should be taken advantage of. Prevention methods can be done in the early stages so that things don’t take a turn for the worst. Take charge of your life!