Your body needs to eliminate waste products to work properly. Kidneys are two organs, located on the each side of your spine in its lower part. It’s up to them to filter blood, excrete waste and regulate water balance in your body.
Actually certain medications and dietary supplements can be removed only through the kidneys. In addition to this, these bean-shaped organs keep under the control electrolyte balance, blood pressure and production of erythropoietin (hormone that activates synthesis of red blood cells in the bone marrow).
Can you imagine, what a trouble may occur in your body, if the kidneys fail? According to the statistic, about 30 million people in the US suffer from kidney dysfunction. Some of them don't even understand that the problem has happened. Kidney disorder may develop because of different causes like impaired blood flow, toxic action of certain medications, inflammation, kidney stones etc.
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If kidneys lose their function abruptly, the condition is called acute renal failure. In vast majority of cases kidney dysfunction progresses slowly. Chronic renal disease may exist for many years without causing any symptoms. The reason is that kidneys have ability to compensate the disorder, until most of renal tissue gets damaged.
Check up these warning signs of kidney disease to detect the problem as soon as possible:
#1. Extreme fatigue – as your kidneys stop to remove waste as needed, toxins tend to accumulate in the bloodstream, making you feel inexplicably tired. Moreover, renal failure often leads to anemia occurrence. Lack of red blood cells may be also an underlying reason of your permanent fatigue.
#2. Bloody additives in the urine – damaged kidneys can't perform their “barrier” function properly. That's why blood cells can begin to flow out through the urine. Besides kidney disease, bloody urine may also indicate kidney stones, cancer or infection.
#3. Increased urge to urinate – people with unhealthy kidneys usually complain of frequent urination, particularly at night (nocturia).
#4. Reduced appetite – buildup of waste products can lead to decreased appetite. There are numerous medical conditions, like liver disease, cancer, hypothyroidism and HIV, which can be also cause this symptom.
#5. Skin dryness – mineral imbalance may cause skin dryness and irresistable want to scratch yourself.
#6. Foamy urine – if filtration gets impaired, protein may leak into the urine, making your urine bubbly.
#7. Swollen legs – kidney dysfunction usually leads to fluid retention, causing swelling in the ankles and feet. People with renal disorder notice that swelling is much worse in the mornings (in contradiction to the heart failure, in which legs get edematous at the end of the day).
#8. High blood pressure – your kidneys normally produce a chemical renin, which plays a great role in blood pressure regulation. Deterioration in kidney functioning usually elevate your blood pressure.
#9. Eyes puffiness – excessive removal of the protein through urine may result in fluid retention, which usually manifests in bags under your eyes.
Have you found one or more symptoms in yourself? It's worth consulting with your doctor to examine your kidneys.
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