Original post by The GW Medical Faculty Associates
- Certain lifestyle changes can help promote healthy kidney function. Your doctor may prescribe a well-balanced diet low in cholesterol, sodium, processed foods and sugar. Get plenty of physical activity. Stay hydrated.
- Avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking.
- Talk to your health care provider about your risk. Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes and a family history of a kidney disease.
- Screening for kidney disease is straightforward: blood testing & urinalysis will tell if there is any protein in the urine, blood in the urine or any abnormal sediment. Having larger amounts of protein in the urine is called macroalbuminuria.
- When kidney disease is caught later, during macroalbuminuria, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) usually follows. In time, the stress of overwork causes the kidneys to lose their filtering ability. Waste products then start to build up in the blood. Finally, the kidneys fail.
- ESRD is very serious. A person with ESRD needs to have a kidney transplant or to have the blood filtered by machine. About 430,000 Americans with kidney failure rely on regular blood-filtering dialysis treatments to survive.
- Certain ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, are more likely than Caucasians to develop chronic kidney disease.
- Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the US, according to the National Kidney Foundation.
- The Division of Kidney Disease & Hypertension at The GW Medical Faculty Associates offers comprehensive care for patients with acute and chronic disorders of the kidney; fluid, electrolyte and acid base imbalances; and hypertension. Clinical services include inpatient as well as outpatient care, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies, peritoneal dialysis, renal transplantation options, renal biopsy and interventional nephrology.