For any of you that had gone through our “Dialysis: What people don’t know”, you know that people that undergo dialysis treatment have kidney problem. Today, we are talking about people with chronic kidney disease.
Quick science fact
#1: There are many types of proteins and the body will process the excess proteins into waste after it has absorbed the needed amount of them.
#2: Unhealthy or less functional kidneys can’t remove protein waste as good as the healthy ones.
Chronic kidney disease patient = dialysis patient?
It is partially true, but not at all. There are 5 stages of chronic kidney disease classified with the measures of kidney function (Glomerular Filtration Rate, GFR in specific). Only patient under the 5th stage need dialysis or kidney transplant.
5th stage?! How many stages are there?
There is only 5 in total, with the 5th one as the worst stage. Patient under the first 4 stages can live without dialysis. But there are limitations in their diet, like those in dialysis patients (“as in Dialysis: What people don’t know”), but they can have slightly more amount of the limited nutrients (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus etc).
So how do I know I have this disease?
Chronic kidney disease doesn’t show any symptoms until the kidneys are almost destroyed (That is one of the reasons why healthcare professionals urge people to go checkup regularly!)
Symptoms you might:
- Have urine-like odour in your breath
- Decreased sex interest
- Excessive thirst
- Blood in stools
- Easy to have bruises and bleedings
- Brittle hair and nails
- Swelling around eyes or legs or both
- DaVita. (n.d.). Dietary Protein and Chronic Kidney Disease. Retrieved 8 November 2019, from https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition/articles/basics/dietary-protein-and-chronic-kidney-disease
- DaVita. (n.d.). Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease. Retrieved 8 November 2019, from https://www.davita.com/education/kidney-disease/stages
- Verneda, L. and Elizabeth, B. (2012, July 25). Chronic Kidney Disease. Retrieved 8 November 2019, from https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-kidney-disease
- American Kidney Fund. (n.d.). Chronic kidney disease (CKD). Retrieved 8 November 2019, from https://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-disease/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/#symptoms
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