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11 Kidney-Related Conditions You Must Be Aware of

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If your kidneys stop working properly, your body will face a waste and fluid buildup. It would result in weakness, poor sleep, vomiting, swollen ankles, and short breath.

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. If left untreated, it could cause one or both the kidneys to fail, thus creating a life-threatening situation.

Besides taking general care of your kidneys on a regular basis, you must also be aware of the most common conditions that may affect your liver in adverse manners.

Diabetes

India is home to over 50 million diabetics (type 2.) Without timely detection and adequate care, diabetes can lead to kidney failure.

A high glucose level in the blood is hard on the kidneys because they have to work overtime to filter the blood. Over time, the extra load damages the kidney filters. Blood filtering process becomes inefficient, and waste buildup begins.

Diabetes may also cause nerve damage, which could make urine flow backwards and cause infection. Ultimately, all possible scenarios will lead to kidney failure, if they remain untreated.

High Blood Pressure

If the blood pressure remains high and uncontrolled for some time, it can weaken, harden, or shrink the arteries around the kidneys.

It leads to low inflow of blood to the kidneys. It affects the capacity of the organ to filter and retain waste and regulate hormone and nutrient absorption.

As more arteries get worn out, kidneys fail to rid the blood of excess fluid which ends up raising blood pressure. Over time, this cycle could cause renal failure.

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Bacterial toxins (usually from the E. Coli bacteria) enter the bloodstream and starts destroying red blood cells. The damaged cells and platelets clog the kidney filters, making it inefficient.

Over time, it could lead to waste accumulation in the organ and its surrounding blood vessels and may cause renal failure.

High Cholesterol

With lower levels of good cholesterol (high-density) and high level of bad cholesterol (triglycerides), the blood vessels would get blocked eventually and reduce the kidney’s efficiency.

Urine Blockage

Many conditions can inhibit urine flow through its normal path. They include prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney stones, colon cancer, etc.

If the urine isn’t able to find its way out of the body, it results in increased pressure on the kidneys. It may happen suddenly or take weeks to develop. However, it could damage the organ for good.

Lupus

Lupus may cause inflammation, swelling, scarring, and waste buildup in the kidneys. Often, the medicines used to treat lupus and lupus nephritis end up suppressing the immune system, making the patient vulnerable to infections.

Anorexia Nervosa

This condition causes the patient to expect unrealistic body size goals from themselves, leading them to restrict their diet to a dangerous level.

The resultant lack of enough nutrient and water in the body can cause permanent damage to the kidneys.

Multiple Myeloma

It affects white blood cells, causes the production of abnormal antibodies and proteins which get deposited in the kidneys. It also causes calcium crystal formation in the kidneys.

The kidney filters get affected and lead to eventual failure of the organs.

Polycystic Kidney Disease

When affected by this condition, kidneys face an outgrowth of fluid-filled cysts inside them. The cysts may lead to kidney enlargement, blood in the urine, kidney stones, infections in the urinary tract, and an abnormally high blood pressure.

They also affect the filtering property of the organ and could cause kidney failure.

ANCA Vasculitis

ANCA or Auto-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody re autoantibodies that invade and damage the cytoplasm of neutrophils. The white blood cells begin attacking the walls of small blood vessels, thus causing vasculitis.

When ANCA Vasculitis attacks the kidneys, it ends up damaging the filters enough that protein and blood begin leaking into the urine. Without treatment, it could cause renal failure.

Scleroderma

Systemic Sclerosis causes collagen accumulation, thickening of the vascular wall, and shrinking of the vascular lumen. The lesions may remain restricted to the skin and tissue. They may also appear on internal organs.

Scleroderma Renal Crisis is characterised by a sudden rise in blood pressure and acute kidney failure (within a few days or weeks.) The high BP leads to decline in kidney functions.

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