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How to Protect Kidneys in the Elderly


2013-06-28 17:04

How to Protect Kidneys in the ElderlyAs we age,the function of internal organs will also decline accordingly. Some dates show that glomerular filtration rate (GFR) start to decline from age 40.Meanwhile,the renal tubular function and renal blood flow will also reduce.Kidneys are vital organs in body and can help the body excrete wastes and keep balance of water and electrolytes.It is normal for the elderly that their renal function declines year after year. However, if they can protect their kidneys well and reduce damage to the kidneys, they will be able to slow the renal function decline.

Generally speaking, the immunity for the elderly is weak, which make them susceptible to kidney infection,known as pyelonephritis. Kidney infection can worsen kidney damage and even cause Kidney Failure. Therefore, early inspection and treatment of pyelonephritis is very important.

Kidney stone also commonly occurs in the elderly. The stone may cause urinary tract obstruction.The obstruction is an inducing factor of pyelonephritis and also the condition itself can cause kidney damage directly.

Moderate exercise is of benefit to protect kidneys for the elderly.If the elderly has no exercise for too long, it is very likely to cause hypercalcemia. Hypercalcemia can cause stone in urinary tract and it also can cause kidney damage directly.

The regulatory function of the kidneys declines in the elderly. If they drink too much water at a time, the kidneys can not excrete it from body immediately, which will cause retention of fluid and sodium, thus resulting in edema. If they have no enough water intake, it will cause dehydration. Dehydration is much worse to the kidneys. Therefore, the elderly should keep balanced water intake.

As the elderly usually have many health issues, they have to take a variety of medicines. However, some medicines are harmful to kidneys so they should never take medicines without consulting a doctor.

If you have been diagnosed with Kidney Disease, you should seek immediate treatment to avoid the bad outcomes.




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