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Myths and Facts About Kidney Disease

Posted by Reliant Renal Care

At Reliant Renal Care, we’re proud to deliver the best when it comes to home kidney dialysis treatments. From our 14 locations across the country, from Piedmont, Georgia to Davison, Michigan, we aim to be both your provider of efficient treatments and your source for information and knowledge about kidney disease. As your trusted renal care specialists, we’d like to take this time to disprove some of the more common myths about kidney disease and teach you about the facts.

Myth: Kidney Disease Is Rare

Actually, kidney disease is more common than you may think. More than 31 million adults in the United States live with some type of kidney disease – which is approximately one in nine adults. Even more staggering is that one out of every three adults are at risk for kidney disease.

Myth: Kidney Failure Means That Only One of Your Kidneys Is Failing

This is false. Kidney failure means that both kidneys are functioning at less than ten percent of their normal capacity. If even one of the kidneys is functioning well, there will be no symptoms.

Myth: You’ll Know If You Have Kidney Disease

The truth is that symptoms in the earlier stages of kidney disease are rare – the vast majority of people don’t have any symptoms at all! Symptoms of kidney disease don’t typically show up until the advanced stages of this disease. The best way to find out if you have the disease is by getting regularly tested.

Myth: Kidney Stones Are the Main Cause of Kidney Disease

Though painful, kidney stones will rarely cause kidney disease. The main causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. Other causes of kidney disease can include heart disease, glomerulonephritis, and the overuse of painkillers.

Myth: You Can’t Prevent Yourself from Getting Kidney Disease

There are actually ways you can lessen your chances of getting kidney disease. Two-thirds of all kidney failures are due to diabetes and high blood pressure. By eating healthy, exercising regularly, controlling your blood pressure, lowering your stress, and refraining from smoking, you can help keep your kidneys healthy and limit the possibility that you’ll get kidney disease.

Contact Your Renal Care Specialists from Piedmont, Georgia to Davison, Michigan!

If you have any further questions about kidney disease or our home kidney dialysis treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or by phone at (610) 892-4700. If you’d like to come in and see us, we encourage you to take a look through our locations section to find our office nearest you. We have 14 convenient locations throughout the United States with our offices in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. We hope to hear from you soon!