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Protect Your Kidneys

2012-09-16 16:58

Kidney disease occurs more often than we think, and it is also more treatable than we used to think, especially when it is caught in early year and treated in time. Kidney disease develops silently and most of the time people will not detect it until it is too late. More than one-third of kidney transplant patients in 2001 were between the ages of 20 and 44. Many of them likely to have developed renal disease in childhood, said the doctors from the Children's Center.

In World Kidney Day. The doctors want to remind all the parents that timely detection of kidney problems in early childhood and adolescence is the best way to prevent kidney damage and even reverse some of it. So we must protect our kidney from early time.

Why kidney is so important? How do your kidneys help maintain health?

In addition to removing wastes and fluid from your body, your kidneys also perform the following important jobs:

Regulate your body water and other chemicals in your blood such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium; Remove toxins produced into your body; Release steroids into your blood to help your body regulate blood pressure, regenerate red blood cells, and strengthen the tenacity of the bones.

And what are the symptoms of early kidney diseases? If you have the following telltale signs of early kidney disease, you should prompt a visit to the doctor.

Swelling (even mild) of the hands and feet and/or puffiness around the eyes.

Decreased or increased frequency of urination..

Long-lasting changes in the color and appearance of urine (foamy urine suggests the presence of protein).

Headache resulting from high blood pressure.

The best way to calculate kidney function is to measure glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which estimates the speed at which kidneys filter waste material from the blood. To determine GFR, your doctors monitor blood levels of the substance creatinine. The higher the creatinine level, the higher the likelihood that the kidneys are not filtering at normal speed. In addition to blood tests, urinalysis can detect protein and/or blood in the urine-also signs of kidney diseases.

Anyone can get chronic kidney disease at any age. However, some people are more likely than others to develop kidney diseases. You may have an increased risk for kidney disease if you:

● Have diabetes;

● Have high blood pressure,

● Have a family history of chronic kidney disease,

● Are older;

l Belong to a population group that has a high rate of diabetes or high blood pressure, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians.

Unrecognized kidney disease places people at greater risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Researchers estimate that 650,000 Americans will develop end-stage renal disease by 2010, costing the health care system $28 billion a year. More then 11 percent of Americans over the age of 20 (more than 19 million) have some form of chronic kidney damage, according to recent estimates by the National Institutes of Health. Each year, about 5,000 children in the United States develop end-stage kidney disease and require a transplant.

So we must protect our kidney as early as possible. Systemic diseases such as diabetes or lupus put children at higher risk for kidney damage; they should be monitored regularly.

I hope every one notice the importance of protecting our kidneys, and have an early treatment if kidney disease is detected.

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