Are We At Increased Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Are we at increased risk for Chronic Kidney Disease?
First of all, if we want to know whether we are at the increased risk for Chronic Kidney Disease, then we should know the several risk factors of it, which refer to Diabetes, Hypertension, and a family history of Chronic Kidney Disease. Diabetes and Hypertension are the two leading causes of Chronic Kidney Disease. Therefore, if we have two or one of them, then we will have an increased possibility of getting Kidney Disease. People whose parents or grandparents have Chronic Kidney Disease, and then compared with others who have no relatives with Chronic Kidney Disease, they are more likely to get this disease. Apart from these, people with old age have increased possibility of getting Chronic Kidney Disease, so for elder, they should do examination regularly, so as not to neglect the occurrence of this disease.
If we were at increased risk for Chronic Kidney Disease, what then should we do?
If we are at increased risk for Chronic Kidney Disease, then we should have regular tests to pay close attention to our physical and the common tests for kidney function include routine urine test and routine blood test. Routine urine test usually can help to find out whether there are proteins in our urine. Protein is an important building block in our body, which should not appear in our urine and if our kidneys are damaged, then protein will leaks into our urine. In addition, large amount of protein in urine can be manifested with foamy urine. Therefore, we can have a close observation while we urinate. Routine blood test helps to measure the level of creatinine, a waste product that comes from muscle activity. Normally, creatinine (High Creatinine Levels) is removed by our kidneys and as kidneys are damaged, creatinine will pile up in our body. Measurement of creatinine can be used to estimate our glomerular filtration rate which can tell how much kidney function we have. Moreover, for people with Diabetes and Hypertension, controlling the blood pressure and blood sugar are very necessary for them.
With healthy living habits, it is possible for us to lower the possibility of getting Chronic Kidney Disease. if you want to the specific preventive measures, please email to me or consult our consultant online.