One day it got me thinking when I had received some sad news that I’m not going to say as it’s rather personal; that we should look after our health & wellbeing no matter how old we are, this is because of my current experiences that I am facing at the moment in time.
Kidney Disease Awareness
People think that they are invisible where they think nothing can hurt them; think that they are super heroes that they see in films, that’s fiction not real life. Some are just lucky that they’ve got a good gene in their family; some are not so lucky as it passes down each generation, maybe skip a generation on which it is odd but luck but still carry the gene if they don’t have it themselves.
Kidney Disease is close to my heart more than it use to be; as I didn’t understand much about it when I was growing up, but now as I’m older and witnessing the start of it unfolding now I know what it means.
What is Kidney Diseased?
What do your kidneys do?
Very simply, your kidneys take away the rubbish from your body and keep the good stuff in. They also play a vital role in maintaining a good balance of fluid and salts, controlling high blood pressure, preventing anaemia and keeping bones strong and healthy. They are often taken for granted, but they perform an essential service – keeping our bodies clean and healthy.
Dirty blood comes in from all around the body
As we move around, our muscles produce waste products and toxins that are extracted by our blood and taken to the kidneys via the renal artery to be removed.
Normally our kidneys take away the waste
The kidneys are made up of tiny parts called nephrons, which extract all the waste products from our blood and send them to our bladders. Clean blood leaves the kidneys via the renal vein.
What makes our kidneys go wrong?
Kidneys become less efficient in a slow, steady way after we reach middle age, but it is usually a long time before there are obvious signs of something wrong. When some nephrons fail or get blocked, the others have to work even harder to compensate and so they begin to fail too. A chain-reaction begins, which can be very difficult to stop.
What causes it?
The Big 3
Kidney disease is known as the ‘silent killer’ because the signs are very difficult to spot. But what we do know is that the people most likely to be among the ‘missing million’ are those who suffer from:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
You should be particularly concerned if you have high blood pressure or heart disease, because the kidney damage actually makes these conditions even worse, which in turn goes on to compound the kidney damage.
Unfortunately, your risk of having kidney failure is also increased if you are from an African-Caribbean or South Asian background, or have a family history of kidney disease. Someone of Asian origin with diabetes is TEN times more likely to develop kidney failure than someone of European origin with diabetes.
Other less common causes include inflammation (glomerulonephritis) or infection (pyelonephritis). Sometimes kidney disease is inherited (polycystic disease) or the result of a longstanding blockage such as enlarged prostate or kidney stones.
Some drugs can cause CKD, especially certain pain-killing and anti-inflammatory drugs if taken over a long time. Often it isn’t possible to say what has caused the problem.
For more information please go to http://www.missingmillion.co.uk/ or by clicking on the link. Don’t ignore it do something about it.