What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

You may wonder what is chronic kidney disease (CKD) exactly? I am here to share with you what exactly it is and why it is so important to be aware of it.

CKD means that your kidneys have been damaged making them unable to do their part in your system correctly. Your kidney’s are responsible for several major functions including:

  • Removing waste products from your body
  • Removing drugs from your body
  • Balancing the body’s fluids
  • Releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • Producing an active form of vitamin D (helping build stronger, healthier bones)
  • Controlling the production of red blood cells

When you develop CKD these functions slowly start to fail causing numerous issues for your body. However, since they develop slowly it may be hard to tell until they become worse. Once they worse you will experience a number of issues such as: 

You may be thinking if these issues happen slowly and are hard to tell at first how can I prevent it? Keeping a healthy diet, exercising, learning the causes and symptoms and taking early detection screening tests will help you in trying to prevent CKD or at least catching it before it is too late. 

 

It is also important to keep in mind that the two leading causes for CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. If you already are struggling with these issues it is more important than ever to be tested and ask your doctor for information regarding CKD.

If kidney disease has the opportunity to progress, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.