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Top 10 Facts about Kidney Failure


2012-10-25 17:42

Kidney Failure is a stage of various kidney diseases. It can be caused by kidney damage, high blood pressure, diabetes, lupus, Purpura and Amyloidosis etc. Here are top 10 facts about kidney failure.

● Kidney failure includes two types chronic kidney failure and acute kidney failure. Acute kidney failure usually is triggered by accidents, such as acute liver failure, severe bleeding and other serious illness or operation.

Dialysis and Kidney Transplant are common choices for kidney failure. But Chinese herbal medicine seems more popular in all treatments. This treatment helps improve kidney function and may help get rid of dialysis.

● More than 378,000 Americans suffer from chronic kidney failure and need an artificial kidney machine to stay alive.

Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney failure; diabetes accounts for approximately 44 percent of new cases of chronic kidney failure in the United States each year. Hypertension is next to diabetes in kidney failure cause list.

● People with high blood pressure, diabetes, vascular disease or heart problems are at risk to develop kidney failure.

● Treatment for kidney failure is expensive, but Medicare and Medicaid pay much of the cost, usually up to 80 percent. Often, private insurance or state programs pay the rest.

● Kidney failure prognosis depends on the underlying condition that caused it. Kidney function may return to normal, especially if it is due to an acute obstruction and that obstruction is relieved. Other causes of decreased kidney function leading to kidney failure are due to underlying disease and occur slowly over time.

● Kidney Failure patients are suggested to stop smoking and drinking. Both of them will make your kidney condition progress rapidly.

● Diet means a lot for kidney failure patients, your doctor may recommend a special diet to help support your kidneys and limit the work they must do. You are suggested to take a low potassium, low salt and low phosphorus diet.

● Medications for Kidney Failure may include phosphorus-lowering medications, Blood pressure medications, vitamins, red blood cell production and red blood cell production stimulation etc.

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