Posted on Aug 21, 2008 | Comments 0
Do you have diabetes or blood pressure? Are you aware of chronic renal failure? When you are diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension, it is very important for you to keep blood sugar and blood pressure levels in control to avoid various health complications.
Chronic renal failure is one among those health risks associated with poorly controlled blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
In chronic renal failure, you can experience progressive loss of normal kidney function.
Initially, due to their inability, kidneys try to compensate this renal damage by excessive straining of blood (commonly known as hyper-filtration) within the remaining functional nephrons.
Overtime, this hyper-filtration leads to further loss of kidney function and leads to complicated health conditions.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are potential triggers!
Unlike acute renal failure, chronic renal failure progressively becomes worse and more often it results from other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Usually, renal failure can range from mild dysfunction to severe kidney failure.
At early stages of chronic renal failure, you may not have any signs and symptoms and the disease reaches worse stage gradually. The progression of the disease is too slow that the symptoms do not occur until the proper functioning of kidney reaches less than one-tenth of normal.
Other than diabetes and high blood pressure, other major conditions that can cause chronic kidney failure include:
- Stones in kidneys and kidney infection
- Reflux nephropathy
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Analgesic nephropathy
- Alport syndrome
- Obstructive uropathy
Initial signs of chronic renal failure are hard to determine!
Even though it is hard to determine the early signs and symptoms of chronic renal failure, certain most common signs can include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, general ill feeling and itchiness and also unintentional weight loss and frequent hiccups.
When the disease reaches advanced condition, you can experience blood in vomit or in stools, seizures, decreased sensation in hands, feet or other areas of your body. You can also experience increased or decreased urine output, muscle cramps and you can notice white crystals in and outer surface of your skin.
Certain other manifestations associated with chronic renal failure include loss of appetite, paleness in skin, extremely high blood pressure, excessive thirst and nighttime urination, breath odor and agitation.
Controlling blood sugar and blood pressure can avoid further complications!
The main aim of treating chronic renal failure is to control and reduce the severity of the symptoms and also to slow down the progression of the disease. If you have any other health conditions such as diabetes or blood pressure that can result in kidney failure, it is very essential to take proper care for those health conditions.
So, take proper medical assistance and suggestions from your health care provider to avoid the complications of kidney failure and live a healthy life.
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