This medical field addresses how kidneys function, as well as the diseases that have a direct effect on their health. Kidneys regulate the amount of fluid that’s maintained within the body, and are responsible for the formation of urine and the wastes that the body voids during urination.
Several illnesses can affect how the kidneys function. High blood pressure, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases can cause the kidneys to not function as efficiently as they should. Once the kidneys are damaged, they can't be repaired, so maintaining optimum health is of the utmost importance. It’s because so many different risk factors are related to kidney failure -- and how irreversible the damage is -- that Medical Walk-in and BodyCare MedSpa has dedicated nephrology specialists.
Your kidneys help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and filter wastes from your bloodstream. While lupus and polycystic kidney disease can harm your kidneys, hypertension and diabetes are the two most common sources of long-term damage. A dramatic increase in blood pressure can damage the blood vessels that feed the kidneys and allow them to function efficiently. When the blood vessels can no longer supply the kidneys with what they need to function, chronic renal disease occurs.
Diabetes also stresses the blood vessels, causing excessive wear and tear and reducing their ability to carry blood to the kidneys. When the kidneys are no longer able to filter wastes from the blood, they will continue to build up inside them causing irreversible damage. Chronic renal failure is often the result.
For many, treating the underlying cause of the kidney disease will help to reduce the stress placed on the kidneys. High blood pressure medications and cholesterol medications are used to improve both the quality of the blood and its flow to the kidneys. If diabetes is a factor, regulating your blood sugar levels will also reduce the amount of stress and pressure the kidneys deal with on a daily basis.
In the advanced stages of chronic kidney, or renal, disease, the most common form of treatment is dialysis. Dialysis involves running your blood through an exterior dialysis machine that filters out the toxins that the kidneys can no longer remove. If your renal disease becomes severe, one of our specialists may recommend a kidney transplant.
Kidney disease may be preventable if you live a healthy, active lifestyle. If your family history shows that close family members have been prone to kidney disease, you may be more susceptible. If you have hypertension, diabetes, or any other chronic condition, get the treatment you need to protect your kidneys from damage. Receiving early treatment keeps your health conditions under control and allows you to manage your health efficiently.
If you're worried about whether or not kidney disease will be a problem for you, it's important that you make an appointment with the professional staff at Medical Walk-in and BodyCare MedSpa who specialize in nephrology and the treatment of kidney disease.
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