Do you know if you're at risk for kidney disease? Here's what to look out for

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Sheree Mcdonald

The Body Will Give You These 6 Signs If Your Kidney Is In Danger

Understanding kidney disease: Risk factors, symptoms, treatment

Chronic kidney disease is described by the Mayo Clinic as the gradual loss of kidney function over a period of time. In fact, the loss of proper function may be so slow that people fail to realize their kidneys are not working properly until severe damage has already occurred.
Kidneys are critical in the proper functioning of your body because they eliminate waste. The waste exits through urination, but when kidneys fail to work, that waste builds up in your body, which can lead to a number of health concerns.

Causes

According to the National Kidney Foundation, the leading causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. These conditions account for two-thirds of the cases of chronic kidney disease. If either condition is left untreated, it can damage the kidneys beyond repair. Other conditions that can cause kidney issues include:
• Lupus
• Glomerulonephritis
• Malformations during fetal development
• Inherited diseases such as polycystic kidney disease• Chronic urine infections or kidney obstructions.

Symptoms

WebMD says that early detection is critical when it comes to managing kidney disease. Being mindful of any changes in your body is important. Common symptoms include:
• Urinating a small amount
• Persistent nausea and vomiting
• Swelling around the ankles
• Urine-like smell on your breath
• Chronic fatigue
• High blood pressure
• Muscle cramps
• Dry, itchy skin
• Loss of appetite
• Poor growth in children
• Pale skin
In some instance, people experience absolutely no symptoms. This means the only indication of a problem is when serious damage occurs. WebMD indicates that prevention is key through proper diet, regular exercise and management of existing conditions that impact your kidneys.  Continue to next page…

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