Warning Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Disease
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Understanding chronic kidney disease and its symptoms
While watching for late-stage symptoms will not help with early detection, being aware of the signs is still essential. Remember, do not wait for symptoms before you take action. If at risk for CKD, especially if you have high blood pressure or diabetes, get screened at least annually for any evidence of kidney disease and to learn your glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Your physician can give you a blood test that will measure your creatinine levels and determine your level of kidney function. The sooner CKD is detected, the greater the benefit of early treatment.
Consult your doctor immediately if you notice any of these potential CKD signs and symptoms:
How do CKD symptoms progress?
Symptoms of CKD develop slowly over time. Many people in the earlier stages (1 and 2) of kidney disease do not experience symptoms and may require testing to receive a diagnosis. You are more likely to experience symptoms in the later or end stages of kidney disease (stages 3, 4, and 5).
Diabetes and high blood pressure
Diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) are the top two causes of chronic kidney disease. If you have a health diagnosis such as high blood pressure or diabetes, it is essential that you take control of your health and begin monitoring these conditions closely. When these other conditions progress or are not treated properly, your kidneys must work harder and risk more damage over time. Regular check-ups that include blood and urine tests are critical to monitor your kidney health. Take the time to learn from your doctor how to best care for your health, manage your medications, and eat well.
Are symptoms of kidney disease different in men and women?
Although both may experience the same symptoms, CKD may progress differently in men and women. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and kidney infections are more common in women, which may cause kidney disease to develop. Women generally have a greater risk for CKD, whereas men may progress to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure faster. Both men and women can lower their risk of kidney disease by maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar, and living a healthy lifestyle.
UNDERSTANDING ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY
If symptoms appear suddenly or all at once, it may be a sign of acute kidney injury (AKI), also known as acute kidney failure.
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