10 Warning Signs of Kidney Disease

Early detection and treatment are the best tools for slowing or halting the progression of kidney disease.

| Aug 21, 2008

Last week was Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week. Kidney disease is considered a "quiet disease," and many people don't recognize its early warning signs.

We thought we'd publish a quick list of its symptoms to help you manage your own health and know what to look for in your loved ones.  

10 Symptoms of Kidney Disease:



1. Changes in urination

2. Swelling of face, hands, and/or feet

3. Feeling more tired than usual

4. Nausea or vomiting

5. Headache or feeling dizzy 

6. Trouble thinking clearly

7. Severe itchiness not related to a bite or rash

8. Shortness of breath or feeling that you can't catch your breath

9. Loss of appetite or change in the way foods taste

10. High blood pressure


If you have any of these symptoms, please check with your doctor. 

For patients at risk of kidney disease and their families, Fresenius Medical Care offers a free Treatment Options Program (TOP) in local communities across the country.  At the TOP sessions, Fresenius Medical Care nurses and staff talk about managing chronic kidney disease, transplantation, dialysis choices, and patient support services. The sessions are open to the public. 

Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week is sponsored annually by the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) as a way to educate policy makers about the needs of patients suffering from, or at risk for, end stage renal disease.

ANNA is a professional nursing association with over 12,000 members. Its mission is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence. More information is available on ANNA's Web site, annanurse.org.

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Categories: Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Food, Kidney Care (Nephropathy), Kidney Disease

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Posted by Green Lantern on 21 August 2008

It's REALLY important for folks to know that if they have kidney disease and it's caught EARLY, it can be slowed down through:
-- Good diabetes control
-- Good blood pressure control (including BP pills in the ACE-inhibitor or ARB class)
-- Quitting smoking if you smoke

Type 2 diabetes is the #1 cause of kidney failure in the U.S. High blood pressure is #2. Type 1 diabetes is #4. Take action now to protect your kidneys. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor for these two tests once EVERY year:
-- Microalbuminuria (a test for tiny amounts of protein in your urine).
-- Serum creatinine (a blood test for a waste that healthy kidneys remove)

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