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Kidney Failure
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Despite most of us being born with 2 kidneys, the possibility of kidney failure is still a huge medical problem. So why would both kidneys fail and at the same time? Why do our kidneys fail? What can we do to prevent this from happening?

First let us understand the main functions of our kidneys:

  • To eliminate excessive fluid from our body in the form of urine and so maintain the right balance.
  • To eliminate toxins
  • To regulate blood pressure by regulating volume and producing specific substances.

Taking into consideration the functions of our kidneys, we will understand why they are needed to stay alive. The great thing is that we can survive and live a near normal life with 1 kidney. Not withstanding this, there is no justification in not caring for our kidneys from very early on

MAIN CAUSES OF KIDNEY FAILURE

Any condition, substance or chemical that can damage the kidneys may lead to kidney failure:

Illnesses:

High blood pressure

Diabetes

kidney stones

Cancer

Infections

Severe loss of fluids such as from vomiting, diarrhoea or bleeding.

Autoimmune conditions such as lupus

Substances:

Alcohol

Medications

Industrial chemicals

Kidney or Renal failure is a process and classified in a number of ways. The simplest classification is:

1. Acute Kidney Failure - this occurs over a relatively short time, generally in an other wise healthy person.

2. Chronic Kidney Failure - occurs over a longer period generally as a result of a long sustained illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus, alcoholism etc.

Treatment Of Kidney Failure

Just like in any health problem, prevention is the key to protecting ourselves from kidney failure. Early treatment of the causes as well as the necessary life style changes are the pillars of reducing the chances of developing kidney failure.

Once established and become severe, kidney failure will be treated via:

Dialysis:

This involves in your blood being circulated through a special machine which helps eliminate the dangerous waste substances that the bad kidneys are not able to take care of. Most patients will have to receive dialysis 3 times a week.

Kidney Transplant

So your kidneys are failing or have failed. Logically you need to have new kidneys if you can get one that is compatible with you, i.e. a match. Receiving a kidney transplant means that you will be off your dialysis program.

Have you ever considered becoming a kidney donor? Persons who do not suffer from kidney disease and are otherwise healthy can become donors. What about you? You will be saving another precious life.

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