Many Virginians know very little about kidney disease Prevention
"Unlike many diseases, kidney disease often has no symptoms until it is very advanced," says Wallace S. Green Sr., Founder of Health & Awareness, following eight years dialysis treatment and interviewing over 100 dialysis patients.
For more than 30 years he had no idea of the damage and unaware of the effect over the counter protein tablets, drinks, shakes, larger volume of high protein meats and vegetables was taking on my kidney functions until it was too late. The overload of protein cause his kidney to fail because he was unable to read and understand his lab test results. After viewing other patients lab test r, he notice a pattern that does not give the patients any advance notice their kidney functions is decreasing.
Your health provider order a simple blood and urine test to check your kidneys functions- glomerular filtration rate (GFR) this show how well your kidneys are working. (It is recommended to request the actual GFR numbers between 120 and 15). The GFR normally gives to patients is <60 is a normal range and 60> may mean you have kidney disease.
Without the actual GFR number between 120 and 15, patients rely on health providers decisions rather than allowing patients to take part in a treatment plan until matter are out of hands. Each of the patients WallACE interviewed on dialysis did not have preventive information and just like WallACE was unable to make the necessary changes to slow down or stop the progression of the problem that harm the kidney function.
Health & Awareness is not attempting to remove the treatment from health providers, rather educating the at risk kidney people so they not in the dark and together they become a preventive team.
Sure, doctors ask if we have questions – most patients find it difficult to ask the right questions about something they are not knowledgeable about?
WallACE suggest you choose a doctor that treats you like a patient without knowledge rather than a medical colleague, that has the answers!
Kidney disease can be treated very effectively if it is caught in the early stages. Dietitians and Nutrition are very important parts of prevention, only if they have knowledge of all your medical issues, the medication you are taking and a copy of your lab test result - past and most resent.
“Keep in mind -There is no such thing as one size fits all in medical treatment.”
And Common Sense Good along way.
For this reason and others, it is crucial for people to not only become aware of kidney risk factors but also know the cause and symptoms.
We can't say enough about complying with health provider orders but its just as important to take part in health care provider's treatment plans. Failure to do so and maintain health management can result in heart disease or stroke.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions you might be at risk for kidney disease Request a kidney screening
Do you have:
- High Blood Pressure
- Family History of Kidney Disease
- History of Gout
- Heavy use of Protein
Learn the meaning of your lab code, measurements and what causes your lab test results to raise or lower (food, medication, lack of exercise, lifestyle, etc.). Testing is even more important for the African Americans, Asian, Indian population, they are at higher risk for kidney disease. "Keep in mind Kidney Disease like most chronic disease are often classified as inherited from family members - we have found kidney is passed on more by family customs, eating habits and life style.
If one or both kidneys fail completely and the damage can't be reversed, the condition is called kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). When this occurs, your kidneys can no longer filter wastes well enough to keep you healthy. The symptoms for ESRD include fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and itching.
Many researchers are studying kidney disease. They are looking for cures, ways to improve diagnosis, make treatments more effective, and make dialysis and transplantation work better. The good news is while they are working on these you can take an active role in the prevention early until research find a cure!
Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy
The steps you take to keep your kidneys healthy help the rest of your body too. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out the steps that are right for you.
If you are at risk for kidney disease, the most important steps you can take to keep your kidneys healthy are:
Take an active step in your health care - self-manage
Get your blood and urine checked for kidney disease.
Learn how to read and understand each of your lab results
Manage your diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Tips to help keep your kidneys healthy:
When you see your provider, ask:
What is my GFR? Be sure to get the actual numbers - Compare present results to past test results.
- What is my Creatinine? - Compare present results to past test results
What is my urine albumin result?
What is my blood pressure?
What is my blood glucose (for people with diabetes)?
What to Say to your provider:
- Speak up about any medical conditions you have and any family history of kidney disease
- Discuss your lifestyle: your eating habits, alcohol & tobacco consumption, physical activity and medication
- If you have no knowledge of kidney disease, let your doctor know.