The kidneys help to remove waste and excess fluid; regulate salt, potassium and acid levels; keep blood pressure in check; produce vitamin D; and also control the production of red blood cells. Kidney disease is a little difficult to diagnose, simply because damage to the kidney is very subtle and is only noticed when serious harm is done. Managing your blood sugar level and blood pressure is one of the best ways to protect the kidney from harm.
Below are some signs to look out for if your kidneys are failing.
1. Urinating less than normal
Since the kidney is mainly known to help remove waste and excess fluid, damage in it will cause more fluid to be stuck in the tissues. This means that less fluid will be flushed out of the body, making you urinate less than normal.
2. Losing your appetite, feeling nauseated, or having trouble thinking clearly
Fluid retention in the body over time will cause waste to build up in the system, which will affect how the body works. As a result of this, you get to lose your appetite and feel nauseated, as it affects the stomach. It may also affect the brain and result in brain fog, which can reduce your ability to think clearly.
3. Having palpitations
Palpitation is an abnormal awareness of the beating of the heart, and it can be due to buildup of potassium following kidney damage. If you notice that your heart beats abnormally, it might just be a sign that your kidney is damaged.
4. Swelling and weight gain
Due to fluid buildup caused by the malfunctioning of the kidney, there can be swelling and weight gain. Tissues will continue to swell, leading to edema. If you notice any weird swelling or weight gain, and you can’t link it to any medical condition you are familiar with, then you may have to think of your kidneys.
Common risks of renal failure include hypertension and diabetes. To avoid these risks, ensure that you schedule an annual exam with your physician and review the meds that you take regularly (if you do), to ensure they are not harmful to the kidney. Also watch out for these signs.
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