Don’t ignore kidney health; it needs more attention than you think

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A women ignoring her symptoms for kidney disease can lead to chronic kidney disease

With the rise in obesity and diabetes among Australians, there is a hidden danger that gets very little attention; Kidney Health 

This slow loss of kidney function has more of an alarming prevalence than we realise. In fact, every 1 in 10 Australians has had symptoms of chronic kidney disease and that number is only going to increase if we fail to seek medical help. 

With that said, there are two reasons, why kidney health needs more medical attention, and probably a few regular visits to your doctors; 

  • First, it is not uncommon for people to lose up to 90% of their kidney health before getting any symptoms 

  • And if you permanently lose 40% of your kidney function, it can lead to a kidney failure 

This means the only way to detect issues with your kidney health is by having a medical test. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should discuss them with your doctor.

Symptoms that may indicate kidney disease;

  • A change in the frequency and quantity of urine you pass, with an increased urge to urinate during the nighttime
  • Swollen ankle and feet as a result of water retention called, Oedema 
  • Suffering from persistent puffiness under the eyes 
  • Feeling tired most times and difficulty in focusing
  • Trouble while sleeping, that may lead to insomnia 
  • Pain in the body localised around your lower ribs
  • Blood in the urine also called haematuria
  • Change in the appearance of the urine
  • High blood pressure 
  • Dry and itchy skin 
  • Muscle cramps

Why diabetes and high blood pressure should be discussed with kidney health?

Diabetes can impact the health of your kidney, Kidney Disease Management

The reason to bring diabetes and high blood pressure up when talking about kidney health is that both of them are the two leading causes of kidney disease. 

Over time, the high glucose level can damage the millions of tiny filtering units in each of the kidneys. And this can eventually lead to kidney failure. 

The high glucose level acts as toxins to the blood vessels developing small ways for the toxins to escape and passing into our body without any filtration by the kidneys. 

On the other hand, uncontrolled high blood pressure hardens and weakens the arteries around our kidneys. These arteries will not be able to carry enough blood to the kidney for filtration. 

Their impact on kidney health doesn’t stop there. In order to compensate for the kidney functions, the heart pumps more blood, making it larger but weaker

So, with uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure, both the filtering as well the pumping system of the body are affected. 

Only a medical test can confirm a kidney disease

To confirm any stage of kidney disease including chronic kidney diseases medical tests such as a blood test or a urine test are used.  

The best measure for healthier kidneys is discussing your kidney health with your doctors as often as possible.  People with diagnosed diabetes and/or hypertension, are advised to undergo medical tests regularly. 

To learn more about kidney health checks, visit Kidney Health Australia. 

Chronic Kidney Disease Management with Northside Health 

Three male doctors studying a CT scan of a kidney, kidney disease management

Our dedicated team of doctors,  nurses and allied health professionals can treat and manage chronic conditions and can help manage the symptoms of kidney disease. 

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