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Know The First Signs Kidney Failure – It Could Save Your Life!
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Know The First Signs Kidney Failure – It Could Save Your Life!

In today’s fast-paced world it is easy to overlook tiny messages from your body that are telling you something is wrong. People often mistake feeling lethargic, rundown and lacking appetite as the result of working too hard, working too much and increasing stress levels. However, these are some of the first symptoms kidney failure that every person should know. Preventing kidney malfunction before it occurs is considered as critical as taking precautions to prevent a heart attack. Knowing the first signs of trouble is the best way to save your life.

Why Are Kidney’s Important?

The kidney’s help regulate several components of the human body. The body itself is designed to work like a well-oiled machine. When all pieces are operating at maximum function then a person will stay generally healthy. If one part begins to malfunction then it can lead to a snowball effect of problems within the body. Each person has two kidneys which filter blood and remove waste products. Kidney’s also assist in regulating blood pressure for better heart health, balance electrolytes and promote the production of red blood cells.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

One of the reasons that regular doctor visits are important is to help diagnose medical conditions before they become serious. First symptoms kidney failure include feeling fatigued, experiencing difficulty breathing and possibly generalized swelling around the body. Slowly the kidneys will lower their filtration rate which leads to an inability to remove waste from the body. As kidney function declines so will the production of red blood cells.

However, it is also possible for this condition to not showcase any symptoms initially. Many patients do not discover that they have malfunctioning kidneys until they are hospitalized. During routine doctor visits a physician will notice the symptoms you mention and run blood work to determine if there are any underlying conditions causing your fatigue, swelling and shortness of breath. Physicians use a blood test which measures glomerular filtration rate and creatinine to diagnose kidney failure. Early detection will help alleviate future health problems.

Additional Information

Kidney failure is most often the result of another medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes. By treating these disorders through medication, healthy diet and moderate exercise it is possible to alleviate the possibility of kidney malfunction completely. Failure of the kidney is not something that happens quickly. In fact, it can take years before a person experiences the full impact of lesser kidney function. The longer that the disorder is not diagnosed the greater the risk to the patient. Individuals who experience kidney failure are significantly more likely to develop heart arrhythmias, anemia, dramatic weight loss and inflammation of the lining of the heart. All of these conditions can be life-threatening when left untreated.

It is possible for the human body to function with only one kidney should complete failure occur. Preventive measures and recognizing the first symptoms kidney failure are essential for every person. There are no genetic precursors that lead to this disorder. Each person must be responsible with their diet and lifestyle choices to prevent malfunction.

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