Chronic kidney disease leads to slow deterioration of its function and over time it may cause diabetes, nerve damage, high blood pressure, weak bones, and anemia.
There are about 26 million Americans who are affected by this disease, while in Australia one person dies every minute from a disease related to kidneys. For this reason this disease is called the “silent killer”.
However, an early detection of the disease can prevent kidney failure and thus it is highly important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and its malfunction. The sings of kidney disease may not point to the disease directly and may not appear until the disease progresses. In case you notice some of the following symptoms you will need to speak to your doctor.
- Appetite loss;
- Sleeping issues;
- Muscle twitches;
- Persistent itching;
- Swelling of the ankles and feet;
- Changes in urination.
These are typical signs of a chronic kidney disease. Speak to your doctor about this. You will have 3 simple tests of the blood and urine in order to determine if you have the disease.
Your risks for a chronic kidney disease are high if you have diabetes (both types, 1 and 2), enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, recurrent kidney infection, or kidney stones.
You need to be aware that smoking and obesity contribute to the disease, too. Moreover, people that are African-American, Asian-American, and Native American have higher rates of the disease and need to consult their doctors so that they can monitor the function of their kidneys closely.
The DASH diet can help you prevent chronic kidney disease
The acronym stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”. It focuses on vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy. It was a 23-year study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and it discovered that those people who frequently consume red meat and processed meats such as cold cuts had 22% higher risks of developing chronic kidney disease.
However, the consumption of legumes and nuts lowers the risk for 9%, and the consumption of low-fat dairy products for 16%.
This diet is easy to follow and can be a literal life-saver. Moreover, it is tasty. Its menu includes:
- Breakfast – an English muffin topped with scrambled egg white, cheese, and tomato with skin milk and tropical fruit salad.
- Lunch – snow pea and orzo salad with roasted pork loin and a wilted garden salad.
- Dinner – pasta Bolognese with garlic green beans, baked potato, and a whole grain roll for dinner.