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Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment & Diagnostics in Koramangala, Bangalore

All About Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic kidney failure, is a condition whereby the kidneys gradually stop functioning and are unable to filter your blood.

About 9.1% of the population across the world suffer from various  stages of CKD. There is no particular cure, but the treatment helps in slowing down the progress of the disease.

What do we need to know about CKD?

The kidneys filter waste and excess fluids from your blood. These waste and excess fluids are then excreted from your body in the form of urine. If these kidney functions fail, the condition is called chronic kidney disease.

It is hard to detect CKD at its earlier stages. Usually, it goes undetected, till the person has lost 25% of their kidney functioning. At its later stages, the condition can be dangerous as high levels of waste can accumulate in the body. For further information, you can search online for a chronic kidney disease specialist near me.

What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

Symptoms usually develop at the later stages. Watch out for these:

  • Blood in urine
  • Dark urine
  • Passing less urine
  • Oedema - swollen feet or hands
  • Anaemia
  • Hypertension
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Troubled sleep or insomnia
  • Need to urinate more often, especially at night
  • Itchy or dry skin
  • Muscle stiffness and cramps
  • Panting or shortness of breath
  • Change in body weight
  • Headaches
  • Chest pains
  • Puffy eyes

What are the causes of chronic kidney disease?

There are two major causes:

  • Diabetes: Diabetes is referred to as a disease in which your blood sugar is high. It results in damage to various organs of the body including the heart and the kidneys.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure or hypertension is another major cause of CKD. High blood pressure results in increased pressure on the walls of the blood vessels. This results in heart attacks, strokes or CKD.

There are other causes of CKD, but diabetes and high blood pressure are said to be responsible for every two out of three cases.

When do you need to see a doctor?

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should contact your doctor. Also, if you have diabetes and high blood pressure, the doctor will examine your kidney function, with routine blood and urine tests. You should look for Chronic Kidney Disease doctors in Bangalore if you are worried.

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Koramangala, Bangalore.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What are the risk factors?

Though anyone can get chronic kidney disease, particular conditions increase your chances of getting CKD:

  • You have diabetes
  • You have high blood pressure or hypertension
  • You have a family history of kidney failure or kidney diseases
  • You are overweight or obese
  • You are a smoker

What are the treatment options?

CKD has no particular cure, but its progress can be slowed down by certain treatment procedures.

At its early stages, your doctor will work on slowing down or controlling the cause of the kidney disease whether it is blood pressure, diabetes or anaemia. If the disease continues to spread and progress to further stages, then the doctor will recommend,

  • Dialysis: In this medical procedure, they artificially remove waste products and excess fluids from your body. This is used when the kidney stops functioning.
  • Kidney transplant: This involves surgically removing a non-functioning kidney and replacing it with a healthy kidney from a donor.

You can search online for a chronic kidney disease hospital near me for more information about the surgery.

Conclusion

Chronic kidney disease is a common condition that affects millions of people across the world. It is a chronic disease, which means it can last throughout your lifetime. You can slow down its progress if it is detected at the earlier stages. 

You can contact chronic kidney disease doctors in Koramangala if you find yourself having any symptoms or if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.

How can you prevent CKD?

  • Avoid taking too many painkillers. Painkillers can cause kidney damage and kidney failure. If you already have kidney disease, you should ask your doctor about which medicines you should take.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Quit smoking
  • If you have diseases that might affect your kidney function, monitor them with help from your doctor.

What are the odds of getting CKD?

Chronic kidney disease is common in India with more than 1 million cases per year.

Which age group is more likely to get chronic kidney disease?

CKD is more common in people over the age of 65 years.

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