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Osteoporosis and Swollen Legs in Kidney Disease

2014-04-16 08:19

Osteoporosis and Swollen Legs in Kidney DiseaseKidney disease can involve multiple body systems and organs. As renal function declines, the patients will experience a number of symptoms and complications. Osteoporosis and swollen legs are commonly seen in kidney disease.

Osteoporosis in kidney disease

Calcium and phosphorus are two important substances in body and they play a vital role in keeping the bone healthy. In body, [Ca]×[P]=30~40( The product of Ca and P is 30~40).

However, in kidney disease, the diseased kidneys fail to eliminate phosphorus from body adequately. If the level of phosphorus in blood increases, the level of calcium in blood will decline. To increase the level of calcium in blood, the calcium in bones will be pulled out. As a result, it will cause osteoporosis in kidney disease.

In addition, vitamin D3 can stimulate the absorption of calcium from what we eat. However, gastrointestinal tract also be affected adversely in kidney disease. If the vitamin D3 can not be absorbed fully, the level of calcium in blood will also decline.

If you are a renal patient and are suffering from osteoporosis, you can consult with our online doctor for more suggestions to manage it.

Swollen legs in kidney disease

Swollen legs are caused by buildup of too much fluid in body. Healthy kidneys can filter out extra fluid from body. However, in kidney disease, the diseased kidneys fail to eliminate fluid from body adequately. High buildup of fluid will contribute to swelling in body. For gravity, swelling often occurs in lower parts of the body. Therefore, the patients with kidney disease often firstly experience swollen legs.

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