March is National Kidney Month and is a great time to become aware of how to prevent kidney disease or how to live with end-stage renal failure ESRF. Aging seniors are at a higher risk of inflammation or swelling of the kidneys, diabetes, urinary tract infections, incontinence, renovascular disease, high blood pressure, or scarring of the kidneys. People who have chronic kidney disease are two or three times more likely to have a heart attack. As National Kidney Month March 2020 approaches, learn how to prevent kidney disease.
As we age, we are more likely to suffer from kidney and urinary tract problems. Kidney issues also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. It can lead to serious complications, but early detection and healthy management will extend the healthy life of the kidneys and increase quality of life.
Our kidneys keep us healthy by regulating fluid levels, activating Vitamin D for healthy bones, filtering wastes from the blood, directing production of red blood cells, regulating blood pressure, and keeping blood minerals in balance. Many have failing kidneys but more than half go undetected. Some risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, obese, a family history of kidney illness, and being over the age of 60.
Symptoms include swelling in the face, hands, abdomen, ankles, or feet, blood in urine, foamy urine, puffy eyes, difficult, painful urination, increased thirst, pain, tiredness, unexplained weight loss, difficulty sleeping, headache, nausea, itchy and dry skin, muscle cramps, muscle twitching, frequent hiccups, lack of concentration, nose bleeds, excessive thirst, bad breath with a metallic taste in the mouth, shortness of breath, abnormally dark or light skin, bone disease, high potassium, or fatigue. Sudden and severe symptoms include belly or back pain, diarrhea, fever, rash, or vomiting. If left untreated, kidney disease can cause nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, weak bones, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney failure, anemia, or low red blood cell count.
Testing for kidney disease includes urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio which estimates the amount of a type of protein called albumin that can be excreted through the urine. Another is GFR Glomerular Filtration Rate that tells how well kidneys are working to remove wastes from the blood. Doctors measure creatinine waste build up levels and determine the results based on race, age, and gender.
Keep your kidneys healthy by making sure your blood sugar and blood pressure is controlled, keep doctor appointments, treat urinary tract infections immediately, control blood cholesterol levels, drink plenty of water, eat foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar, fat, and salt, do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, and get proper exercise.
Kidney disease typically progresses slowly, but sometimes reaches end-stage kidney disease or kidney failure. End-stage kidney disease is when the kidneys stop working well enough for survival without dialysis or a transplant.
Regency home care helps the aging and their family members enjoy a good quality of life, even providing transportation to and from dialysis appointments. Regency home care comes alongside the help of family members and doctor’s orders. We offer in home senior care Atlanta that you can depend on and trust. We help keep the elderly stay as independent as possible for as long as they can.
Contact us for more information on private duty care in Atlanta. We are your partner in care to help with senior concerns including staying as healthy as possible for as long as possible. In home care Atlanta GA also helps with safe, reliable transportation to health-related appointments and procedures, running errands, preparing nutritious meals, and helping maintain the health of your kidneys for as long as possible.