People should know all the symptoms of chronic kidney disease because if not treated on time, it can lead to slow deterioration of its function and over time it may cause weak bones, anemia, diabetes, nerve damage and high blood pressure.
According to the statistics, there are about 26 million Americans who are affected by this disease. On the other hand, in Australia, one person dies every minute from a disease related to kidneys. This is the main reason why this condition is called the “silent killer”.
It is very important to detect this disease as early as possible and prevent kidney failure. To do that, we need to be well aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and its malfunction. Unfortunately, the signs of kidney disease may not point to the disease directly and may not appear until the disease is progressed. Nevertheless, if you experience some of the following symptoms you will need to consult your doctor immediately.
- Appetite loss;
- Sleeping issues;
- Muscle twitches;
- Persistent itching;
- Swelling of the ankles and feet;
- Changes in urination.
All of the above mentioned symptoms are indicators of a chronic kidney disease. You should definitely consult your doctor and you will have 3 tests of the blood and urine inORDER to determine if you have the disease.
People who have diabetes, both types, are at a greater risk for a chronic kidney disease, as well as those who struggle with enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, recurrent kidney infection, or kidney stones. You should know that smoking and obesity contribute to the disease, too.
The DASH diet can help you prevent chronic kidney disease
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet focuses on fruits, veggies and low-fat dairy. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted this study for 23 years and it finally discovered that those people who frequently consume red meat and processed meats such as cold cuts had 22% higher risks of developing chronic kidney disease. On the other hand, the consumption of legumes and nuts lowers the risk for 9% and the consumption of low-fat dairy products for 16%.
This diet is great and very simple to follow, but most importantly, it can be a literal life-saver. Moreover, it is tasty. Its menu includes:
Breakfast – an English muffin topped with scrambled egg white, cheese, and tomato with skin milk and tropical fruit salad.
Lunch – snow pea and orzo salad with roasted pork loin and a wilted garden salad.
Dinner – pasta Bolognese with garlic green beans, baked potato, and a whole grain roll for dinner.