Kidney Education

Dialysis Hyderabad,Nephrologist

What is kidney disease?

Kidney disease occurs when your kidneys are no longer able to filter blood the way they should, remove waste effectively from your body or balance your fluids. The build-up of wastes can change the chemistry of your body causing some symptoms that you can feel, and others that you don't. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is called ‘chronic’ when the damage to your kidneys happens slowly over a long period of time.
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What are the common causes of kidney disease?

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the top causes of kidney diseases. For around two-thirds of people living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), their kidney disease is caused by either diabetes or high blood pressure. Another form of CKD is glomerulonephritis, a general term for many types of kidney inflammation. Genetic diseases (such as polycystic kidney disease, or PKD), autoimmune diseases, birth defects, acute kidney failure and other problems can also cause kidney disease.
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What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

With kidney diseases, the first symptoms you may have are ones that you won't feel but that will show up in tests that your doctor orders. Common problems are high blood pressure, anaemia and weakening bones. Knowing the symptoms of kidney disease can help people detect it early enough to get treatment.
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Stages of kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) usually develops in stages as the kidneys don’t usually fail all at once. Instead, kidney disease often progresses slowly over a period of years. This is good news because if CKD is caught early, medicines and lifestyle changes may help slow its progress and keep you feeling your best for as long as possible.
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Who can develop kidney disease?

Could you or someone you care about have chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Kidney disease affects 1 in 10 Indians. However, the awareness about its seriousness remains low, at only 7 percent of the total population. Hence, it is important to detect kidney disease risk factors early on, so that adequate treatment can be provided, and progression of End Stage Renal Disease can be mitigated. People with high blood pressure or diabetes are more prone to developing a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
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Life with Chronic Kidney Disease

Life with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) may require taking care of yourself and your relationships. As a patient or care giver, consider using these tips to manage stress.
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Treatment options

There are variants of treatment which one can opt for. There are factors which need to be taken into consideration while opting for the option. It depends on the physical condition of the patient, his affordability, his mobility and last but not the least the suggestion of the patient’s treating nephrologist. The option which matches one’s lifestyle is the one which is to be chosen.
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Preparing for life on dialysis

People on dialysis often take quite a few medications and the timing of when they’re taken truly matters. For instance, you may be prescribed phosphate binders to take when you eat and a renal vitamin that should be taken at night or after your treatment.
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Working of dialysis machines

Dialysis patients are all too familiar with the routine of their treatments: Go to the clinic, get weighed, have their temperature and blood pressure taken, have tubes connected from their access to the dialyzer and then sit in the chair until it is time to go home. While waiting, have you ever wondered how a dialysis machine works?
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Creatinine facts

Creatinine is a chemical waste molecule that is generated by muscle metabolism. Creatinine is produced from creatine, a molecule of major importance for energy production in muscles. Approximately 2% of the body's creatine is converted to creatinine every day.
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