Common Kidney Conditions
|May 12, 2012||Posted by healthsmartmom under Kidney Diet|
When your kidneys are working properly, most people never think about them, but if you siffer from kidney pain, they are always on your mind. Here is a short list of the most common kidney ailments and conditions.
Kidney Stones (Renal Calculi)
There are a variety of reasons that kidney stones develop. Sometimes a reaction to stress, bodily injury or a poor diet – the kidney’s become over burdened with excess waste products or they are no longer able to function properly, a stone can form inside. This is medically termed renal calculi or renal calculus. Stones are very painful and may even require hospitalization for treatment or surgery although they can be passed at home as well. Sometimes kidney stones are the first signs that something is wrong with proper kidney functions and may even be a precursor to the early stages of kidney disease, though not necessarily. Stones tend to be rough and jagged in nature and are vary painful. In addition, they can scar and damage the kidneys. This is why it is so important to flush or have the stones removed as soon as possible to prevent futher damage. Adopting a kidney stones diet will help flush these stones as quickly and painlessly as possible and is often a sought after alternative to surgery for many.
When overall kidney function is affected by reduced ability or disease, they no longer are able to effectively remove the toxins or bodily wastes created everyday. When this happens, it becomes necessary that you make some changes to your lifestyle and start being more vigilant about watching what you eat and drink. Simply making a few dietary changes can help prevent unnecessary complications. If you are suffering from a kidney disease, it is important that you consult a dietitian experienced in kidney and renal issues to find out more about the healthy eating guidelines recommended for you. Following a kidney disease diet means eliminating those foods that produce harmful waste in an effort to lessen the burden put on the kidneys.
“Renal” is a term derived from the Latin name for kidney. Some, but not all renal failures can be contributed to diet. The primary diet related renal failures are those linked to severe dehydration adn the lack of intake of fluids. Some other common causes of chronic renal failure not related to diet are uncontrolled diabetes and poorly controlled high blood pressure. However, both diabetes and high blood pressure have diet related factors and dietary changes are the primary tool used in controlling these conditions. That is why proper diet and following a renal failure diet can help address not only your renal health, but those other conditions as well.
Kidney failure is also referred to as stage 5 kidney disease or end-stage renal disease. This invloves a total or near-total loss of renal or kidney function which then leads to a dangerous accumulation of water, waste, and toxic substances int he body. At this stage of kidney disease, most patients will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to survive.
No stage of Kidney Disease is pleasant, however, it is very important to avoid kidney failure if at all possibe, and in most cases the best way to do this is to make the appropriate changes in your diet as soon as you are diagnozed with any of the types of kidney disease. One of my favorites resources for implementing a kidney diet is Kidney Diet Secrets by Rachael Gordon.