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Who Is at Risk for Kidney Disease?

Posted by Reliant Renal Care

When it comes to kidney dialysis treatment, Reliant Renal Care aims to deliver the best. We don’t just provide all our patients with top quality treatments, but we also serve to be your source when it comes to preventative care and patient education. Being armed with information can go a long way in helping stave off kidney disease so we’d like to take this time to help you learn about kidney disease and hopefully also prevent it from happening to you.

The Main People at Risk for Kidney Disease

Some people are more likely to develop kidney disease than others. The people who will find themselves more at-risk include:

  • People who have diabetes or high blood pressure
  • People who have heart disease
  • Those who have family members who have had kidney disease
  • Senior citizens and all those over the age of 60
  • African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans

What Are Some Symptoms of Kidney Disease

Many people who have kidney disease may not even know it because the signs can be subtle. Some of the symptoms you may have if you’re suffering from kidney disease are:

  • Kidneys make urine, so a diseased kidney may cause changes in urination. This can include urinating more or less, having difficulty going, or even finding blood in your urine.
  • Kidney disease can also cause nausea and vomiting.
  • You’re likely to be more tired and suffer from fatigue.
  • You may also show signs by having skin rashes or swelling.

How to Lessen Your Risk of Developing Kidney Disease

There are many ways you can limit kidney disease or even lessen your risk of getting it in the first place. Some of the things we recommend you do include the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight means that your kidneys have to work harder to function. Also, it means that you’re more likely to develop diabetes or high blood pressure – two of the leading causes of kidney disease.
  • Limit or eliminate your smoking habit; smoking can damage your kidneys. Lessening your alcohol intake is also recommended.
  • Become more physically active and exercise more often.
  • Watch and keep your blood sugar and blood pressure levels under control.

Contact Us Today!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or by phone at (610) 892-4700. If you’d like to come in to see us, we encourage you to take a look at our locations section to find our office nearest you. We have 13 convenient locations throughout the United States with our offices in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. We look forward to seeing you!