Table of Contents
- 1 Why is kidney failure such a serious health problem?
- 2 What happens if your kidneys are malfunctioning?
- 3 What are the ailments or diseases related to kidney?
- 4 What are the main causes of kidney failure?
- 5 What is feline kidney disease?
- 6 What is considered kidney disease?
- 7 How does high blood pressure cause kidney failure?
- 8 What happens to your body when your kidneys fail?
Why is kidney failure such a serious health problem?
When your kidneys are damaged, waste products and fluid can build up in your body. That can cause swelling in your ankles, nausea, weakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath. Without treatment, the damage can get worse and your kidneys may eventually stop working. That’s serious, and it can be life-threatening.
What happens if your kidneys are malfunctioning?
If your kidneys stop working completely, your body fills with extra water and waste products. This condition is called uremia. Your hands or feet may swell. You will feel tired and weak because your body needs clean blood to function properly.
What are the types and causes of kidney disease?
- Chronic kidney disease. The most common form of kidney disease is chronic kidney disease.
- Kidney stones. Kidney stones are another common kidney problem.
- Polycystic kidney disease.
- Urinary tract infections.
How does kidney disease affect a person’s life?
If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease.
What is the difference between kidney disease and kidney failure?
If the damage to your kidneys continues to get worse and your kidneys are less and less able to do their job, you have chronic kidney disease. Kidney failure is the last (most severe) stage of chronic kidney disease. This is why kidney failure is also called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD for short.
What are the main causes of kidney failure?
What causes kidney failure? Kidneys can become damaged from a physical injury or a disease like diabetes, high blood pressure, or other disorders. High blood pressure and diabetes are the two most common causes of kidney failure.
What is feline kidney disease?
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the persistent loss of kidney function over time. Healthy kidneys perform many important functions, most notably filtering the blood and making urine, so problems with kidney function can result in a variety of health problems for a cat.
What is considered kidney disease?
Kidney disease means your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should. You are at greater risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. If you experience kidney failure, treatments include kidney transplant or dialysis.
What causes a person to have chronic kidney failure?
Chronic intrinsic kidney failure. This happens when there is long-term damage to the kidneys due to intrinsic kidney disease. Intrinsic kidney disease is caused by a direct trauma to the kidneys, such as severe bleeding or a lack of oxygen.
Who is at high risk for kidney disease?
People with diabetes are at high risk for kidney disease, but there are steps they can take to protect their kidneys.
How does high blood pressure cause kidney failure?
High blood pressure damages your kidneys, and damaged kidneys don’t work as well to help control your blood pressure. With kidney failure, your kidneys can’t get rid of extra water. Taking in too much water can cause swelling, raise your blood pressure, and make your heart work harder.
What happens to your body when your kidneys fail?
You’re more tired, have less energy or are having trouble concentrating. A severe decrease in kidney function can lead to a buildup of toxins and impurities in the blood. This can cause people to feel tired, weak and can make it hard to concentrate.