Kidney disease is a serious medical condition. Some people have chronic kidney disease or CKD. If left untreated, the symptoms progress and lead to kidney failure. However, most people with chronic kidney disease never have kidney failure. The early warning symptoms of kidney disease are usually subtle and mimic the signs of other diseases. The best thing you can do for your health is to notice any changes in your body.
Changes in Urination
Kidney disease can manifest in a change in urination habits. The kidneys produce urine that ends up in the bladder. If you find yourself urinating more frequently or less frequently, or if the urine output is larger or smaller although you’re drinking the same amounts of fluids, this could be cause for concern. Other signs of kidney disease are blood in the urine, urine that is bubbly, or pain when urinating.
Anemia and Shortness of Breath
The kidneys produce a hormone that helps to make red blood cells. With kidney disease, the body has fewer red blood cells and this condition is called anemia. Anemia causes shortness of breath. With kidney disease, excess fluid in the body builds up in the lungs making it difficult to catch your breath. The excess fluid also leads to swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, hands and face. Anemia also causes fatigue and feeling cold even in hot weather. With anemia, there are not even oxygen-rich blood cells getting to the brain so you may experience dizziness.
Toxic Build Up
The kidneys are a filtering system that removes wastes and toxins from the body. If the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, then wastes build up inside the body. When the blood has too many wastes, you may notice a metallic taste in your mouth or bad breath. You may also notice that food tastes differently. A large accumulation of wastes and toxins in the body can cause nausea and vomiting. It may be difficult to eat or keep food down. With a loss of appetite, you lose weight without trying. Another sign of toxic build up is itching all over the body and/or skin rashes.
If you have some or most of these symptoms of kidney disease, it could be signs of kidney disease.
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