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How Long Can You Live with Kidney Functioning at 20%


2013-04-01 14:42

You may feel very scarred when your kidneys functions at only 20%. How long you can live may become your most concerned issue. You can live as long as healthy people. However, your life span may be limited to only few years. How long you can live with kidney functioning at 20% is up to many factors.

What does 20% renal function indicate?

20% renal function means that you are in stage 4 of chronic kidney disease (CKD). In this stage, as kidneys are impaired very badly, it can give rise to tons of complications. Bone disease, anemia, swelling, etc are commonly seen in this stage. Dialysis will come soon if no intervention treatment is adopted. Generally, the patients are recommended to start dialysis when renal function decreases less than 10% of normal.

How long you can live with kidney functioning at 20% is affected by the following the variable factors.

*Even if both of patients have 20% renal function, their conditions may be very different.Some patients may develop very serious health issues such as lung edema, irregular heartbeat etc, but some other people may be doing well. Other health issues can affect the life span of the patients significantly. Treating kidney disease should not be the only treatment goal for the patients.

* Treatment plays a vital role in affecting the patients’ life span.If the patients just take medications to control the symptoms and complications of Kidney Failure, they are not enough to stop the disease progression. If so, dialysis or Kidney Transplant will be required soon. However, if other aggressive treatment is adopted to restore the impaired kidney structure and improve renal function, the patients will certainly live longer if the disease stops progressing and renal function has an improvement.

Apart from the above major factors, lifestyle changes, dietary habits etc also can affect your life span. It is important for you to consult with doctor to make out an individualized dietary regime and exercise program.




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