posted by Nephrology | January 5, 2017
No matter how healthy you might be, there’s always waste in your body that needs to be removed. Even healthy foods and drinks come with elements that the body doesn’t need or use, and everything from the air we breathe to any other substances we put in our bodies can create similar waste.
This is what the kidneys are for. They filter waste out of our blood, and maintain the balance of oxygen and other necessary elements in the body.
Complications in kidney function can have serious effects. Kidney failure, commonly referred to as acute kidney injury or acute renal failure, can cause chemical imbalances in the blood as waste isn’t eliminated in the usual way.
Sometimes, kidney failure has no visible symptoms, which is part of what makes it so dangerous. In these cases, it is usually detected by a different test.
Most cases do present symptoms, though, and they can include:
Three different factors can cause kidney failure including:
Nearly all cases of kidney failure are connected to another medical condition. Some conditions that can increase risk include:
Depending on treatment and how early you catch it, kidney failure can have moderate to severe consequences including:
Kidney failure often isn’t diagnosed until one is already in the hospital for another reason, and unfortunately, there are limited ways to detect it in a preventive sense. Most preventive techniques involve healthy life habits like diet, exercise and limited substance intake.
Treatment for kidney failure varies from person to person. It’s aimed at reducing or eliminating the original problem that’s causing the kidney failure. There are two general goals of treatment in most cases:
Medications are sometimes prescribed (though, not always, since some medications may contribute to kidney failure). Your doctor might also tell you to lower your intake of sodium, potassium and phosphorous.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.