People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing numerous health problems, most of which do not appear to be linked to the disease initially. The reason for kidney disease and failure are damaged blood vessels which no longer filter blood properly. High blood pressure as well as high blood glucose cause a high blood flow; blood vessels stretch so the blood flows more easily. Eventually, this scars and weakens the vessels.
Risk Factors & Prevention of Kidney Failure / Chronic Kidney Disease
Key risk factors for Kidney Failure / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are diabetes and high blood pressure. In order to try to prevent diabetes and high blood pressure growing into a bigger problem, it is suggested to have systematic screening and prevention of risk factors in all patients. As affected people need to be educated, so do the medical professionals; they have to be more aware of their important role in noticing and reducing the risk of potential CKD. Every year on this important day, all governments are encouraged to make a difference and invest in further kidney screening.
There is an estimated amount of 850 million people suffering kidney diseases from different causes. 2.4 million People day per year because of CKD, it is now the 6th fastest growing cause of death.
It sounds unbelievable, but most of people with early stages of CKD go undiagnosed. Kidney disease can progress very silently, often it makes it way to destroy most of the kidney functions before even causing any symptoms. It is important to detect the disease in early stages, to be able to treat it in a suitable way.
Remember to take simple laboratory tests, where a small amount of blood is taken as a sample to measure creatinine content and estimate Glomerul Filtration Rate – GFR or urine to measure creatinine and albumin excretion. Results of creatinine measured in the blood to estimate the overall kidney function, or blood sugar and GFR to make sure that you do not have diabetes.
By living a healthy life you can reduce the probability of kidney disease developing in your body. Try and keep blood pressure in the normal range, go easy on the salt, quit smoking, watch your weight by being active. These are proven tips for everyone to try and avoid potential kidney health problems.
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(1) IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th Edition 2017, www.diabetesatlas.org