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Have you been told you have a high level of BUN? You may be wondering what the causes are and how to reverse it. Continue reading to learn the reason and treatment for elevated BUN level in kidney disease.
Causes of elevated BUN level in kidney disease
The liver produces urea as a waste product when protein is metabolized. In normal cases, more of urea is removed from the blood by the kidneys. If a person gets kidney disease, his kidneys fail to work as well as they should. As a result, urea can accumulate in the blood stream, causing a high BUN level. It can be life threatening and result in serious issues all over the body.
Symptoms of high BUN level
▪ Pain in the lower back. It can be anywhere from a dull ache to a throbbing sensation to more sharp pains.
▪ Unexplained fatigue or extreme exhaustion
▪ Considerable amount of dehydration with flushed and pinkish color skin, dry mouth, loss of appetite
▪ Hypotension or low blood pressure
▪ Ammonia-like taste in the mouth as well as strong odor of bad breath
How to reverse high BUN level in kidney disease?
Normally, the kidneys filter urea out of the bloodstream. In kidney disease, the renal functions can become impaired, resulting in elevated blood urea nitrogen level. To reverse this elevated level, we must treat the underlying cause of kidney problems including high blood pressure and diabetes, etc.
Treat high blood pressure if this is the underlying condition to cause kidney impairment. The doctor may prescribe high blood pressure medication (like ACEI), and diuretics.
Control the Diabetes if it is the cause of kidney damage. Control the blood sugar levels with a healthy diet, regular exercise and take medication or insulin.
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