Chronic kidney disease affects about 14 percent of the general population. At Sienna Wellness Institute & Sienna Podiatry in Lake Isabella, California, the team of doctors at Sienna Wellness provide comprehensive treatment plans for patients suffering from various forms of kidney disease. Without the vital function of your kidneys, your body has trouble filtering blood properly, leading to waste accumulating in your body and serious complications like heart disease or stroke. To learn more about preventing and treating kidney disease, call or schedule an appointment online today.
To better understand kidney disease, it’s important to know what your kidneys do. The main function of the kidneys is to filter out extra water and waste that accumulate in your blood in order to produce urine.
The kidneys maintain a healthy balance of salt and minerals, including calcium, sodium, and potassium, that circulate in your blood. Your kidneys also help produce hormones that control blood pressure, create red blood cells, and promote strong, healthy bones.
A diagnosis of kidney disease means that your kidneys have sustained damage and can’t filter blood properly. Damaged kidneys can lead to waste buildup in your body. Kidney disease can also lead to further complications, such as heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of kidney disease include:
It’s also possible to have kidney damage without symptoms. Despite damage, your kidneys are often still functioning well enough to sustain you and keep you feeling fine. A blood or urine test, therefore, may be the only way you know if you have kidney damage.
There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing kidney disease, including:
In addition, your risk of kidney disease or kidney failure increases with age.
First, to diagnose kidney disease, Dr. Spohn-Gross discusses your family and medical history, any medications you’re on, and your symptoms. She then performs a thorough physical exam. To conclusively diagnose kidney disease, you typically need to have blood and urine tests done. Further imaging tests may also be required.
In many cases, treating the root cause of kidney disease can help improve your condition. For example, making lifestyle modifications to improve an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or poor lung function caused by smoking, can lower high blood pressure, a common cause of kidney disease. In addition, a low-protein diet can limit waste products in your blood, and medications can help treat weak bones and high cholesterol.
In severe cases of kidney disease, dialysis (a medical procedure used to artificially remove waste products from your blood) or a transplant may be necessary.
If you notice symptoms that are commonly associated with kidney disease, call or schedule an appointment online today.