Wednesday, 28 May 2014


There is an old saying that, you can't kill a frog by dropping him into hot water. As you drop him into the hot water, he reacts so quickly that he immediately jumps out unharmed. But if you put him in cold water and gradually warm it up until it is scalding hot, you have him cooked before he knows it. The encroachment of CKD in our lives is very much like this. It's suggested that about 1 in 10 people have some degree of chronic kidney disease.

Unfortunately, many of these people won’t know anything’s wrong until damage reaches an advanced stage. We’re often reminded how to maintain a healthy heart and often engaged in wars to avoid or avenge broken hearts. 

The more deeply the path is etched, the more it is used, and the more it is used, the more deeply it etched.

It's possibly known that your kidneys help to control your blood pressure? Keeping your kidneys in good shape can also help keep your bones healthy, many more, lots of other vital functions.

Why do you need to start thinking about your kidneys? Most of us have given thought to our weight and our cholesterol level from time to time. By contrast, when was the last time we inquired if our kidneys were in good shape? How would we even know if something might be wrong?

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Our kidneys are located deep in the abdomen, beneath the rib cage. They remove waste material from the blood and produce urine, thus not the rain maker but the waste instigator. They also perform a vital role in maintaining the body’s chemical balance by checking the blood stream levels of various minerals. They regulate blood acidity and by controlling the level of salt in the blood, they also help us maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Multipurpose organs need multi tender care.

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It is when kidneys no longer work as well as they used to – either as a result of specific disease, trauma or (most often) as a result of age-related wear and tear that we really appreciate just how important they are.

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. Thats why its a comfort to go hand in hand.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic renal disease (CRD), is a progressive loss in renal function over a period of months or years. The symptoms of worsening kidney function are non-specific, and might include feeling generally unwell and experiencing a reduced appetite.

The older the individual, the more likely it is that he or she will have some degree of kidney disease. The level of severity varies but most cases are mild or moderate and only very rarely will CKD progress to full kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplantation.

People with CKD have an increased risk of developing heart disease or a stroke. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to try and identify CKD at an early stage. Not only can treatment slow down progression of the condition, it can also reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular disease.

With mild to moderate CKD, a person is unlikely to experience symptoms. Symptoms very often only become apparent once CKD has become severe. What’s more, these symptoms tend to be rather vague, such as feeling generally tired, unwell and having less energy than usual. Other symptoms can include weight loss, a poor appetite, fluid retention leading to swollen feet and ankles, puffiness around the eyes and a need to pass urine more often.

The harder you fall,  the higher you bounce.

Prevention is better than cure and more needs to be done to ensure CKD is identified as early as possible. This means taking steps to control high blood pressure, proper management of diabetes, cutting back on salt and ditching processed fat and sugar-rich food in favour of plenty of fruit and vegetables. It also means not smoking and maintaining a healthy fluid intake.

Not only does early diagnosis benefit the individual patient, it also helps to take pressure off doctors and hospitals. According to a report published by NHS Kidney Care, treatment of kidney disease in England costs more than breast, lung, colon and skin cancer combined. Identifying it at an earlier stage should relieve some of that burden.

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Kidney Research UK advises you should see your doctor if you have any of the following signs:

Darkness or redness in the urine
Urine that has an offensive odour or that looks very foamy
Any change in the amount of urine passed
Frequent urination, sometimes with pain or burning on passing urine
Persistent thirst
Swelling of the legs, hands, face
Raised or high blood pressure
Back pain in the renal area – especially if there is a fever
Tiredness or feeling unwell without apparent cause
Widespread itchy skin

There is no specific treatment unequivocally shown to slow the worsening of chronic kidney disease. If there is an underlying cause to CKD, such as vasculitis, this may be treated directly to slow the damage. In more advanced stages, treatments may be required for anemia and bone disease. Severe CKD requires renal replacement therapy, which may involve a form of dialysis, but ideally constitutes a kidney transplant.

When we complain, we remain. When we whine, we stay behind. When we praise, we raise.

Fortunately, it only takes a few simple steps to identify potential kidney problems. Early diagnosis and expert care in most cases means CKD can be managed successfully.