Humans have two bean-shaped organs called kidneys. They are located in the upper abdominal area against the back muscles and perform the important function of filtering out toxins and other wastes from our blood stream, and they help you get rid of excess water and the toxins through urine.

What is kidney failure?

Kidney or renal failure is the final stage of any kind of chronic kidney disease or acute kidney injury. It means that the kidneys have lost their ability to function and the person cannot survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Symptoms of kidney failure

  • Inconsistent amount of urine
  • Swelling of legs due to retention of the excess water in the body
  • Muscle cramps
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath for no apparent reason
  • Seizures
  • Reduced appetite
  • Sleeping problems
  • Coma
  • Back pain or abdominal pain
  • Chest pain

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Kidney failure can be caused by other health problems as a ripple effect. In such cases, damage to the kidney happens slowly, over a long period of time. Over time, the kidney slowly loses most of its functions. In the case of CKD, symptoms may not appear until the kidneys are significantly damaged and nearing kidney failure. Some of the causes of CKD are:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obstructed flow of urine due to kidney stones or tumor
  • Illegal drugs
  • Overuse of medications
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Physical injury to the kidneys
  • Malaria and yellow fever
  • Autoimmune kidney disease

Acute Kidney Disease

This happens when your kidneys suddenly lose the ability to function normally. However, it is reversible if the person is in good health and has no other ailments.Some of the causes of acute kidney diseases are:

  • Obstruction of the urinary tract
  • Severe dehydration
  • The reduced flow of blood to the kidneys due to injury, low blood pressure, hemorrhage etc.
  • Infections like acute pyelonephritis can cause damage to the kidneys
  • Autoimmune kidney disease
  • Toxic kidney injury due to poison or medication

Kidneys are an integral part of the body’s waste management system. We cannot afford to be careless with them. To take care of them, there are simple things that you can do

  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol
  • Eat healthy
  • Stay active
  • Avoid self-medication
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals and toxic products

We, at One Life support and educate those patients coping with kidney diseases. We have in place a holistic health care system for providing timely treatments and coordinating with the primary physician and other healthcare providers. For more information call us on our toll-free number 1800 425 19999.