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What Is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) may affect more than 37 million adults, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. If you or a family member develop CKD, regular visits to your El Paso, TX, nephrologists at Kidney Consultants of El Paso will help you manage the disease.

Chronic kidney disease symptoms

Your kidneys act as filters and remove waste, toxins, and extra fluids from your blood. They also help control your blood pressure, make a hormone needed for red blood cell production, and balance certain vitamins and minerals. CKD occurs when your kidneys become damaged and don't work quite as effectively.

In the early stages, CKD may not cause any obvious signs or symptoms. In fact, the disease is often detected in routine bloodwork or urine tests. If the disease worsens, you may begin to experience several symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Dry skin
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Numbness or tingling in your feet and legs
  • Pain in your chest
  • Headaches
  • Swelling of your feet, legs, ankles, hands, or face
  • Twitching muscles or muscle cramps
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased or more frequent urination
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure

Chronic kidney disease risk factors

Your chances of developing CKD may be higher due to these diseases, conditions, and factors:

  • A family history of kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes
  • Kidney infections or inflammation
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Kidney injury
  • Kidney cancer
  • Age (You may be more likely to develop CKD if you're 60 or older.)
  • Race or ethnicity (Your risk of CKD may be higher if you're Native American, African American, or Asian-American.)
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Treating chronic kidney disease

Although the damage caused by CKD is permanent, your El Paso kidney doctors can offer treatments to slow the progression of the disease and reduce your risk of developing complications.

Depending on your symptoms, your treatment plan may include dietary changes and medications to decrease swelling, lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, reduce fluid retention or strengthen your bones. If your kidneys eventually begin to fail, you may need a kidney transplant or dialysis treatment to filter wastes and remove extra fluid from your blood.

Regular monitoring and treatment are essential if you have chronic kidney disease. Call your nephrologists in El Paso, TX, at Kidney Consultants of El Paso at (915) 544-7767 to schedule your appointment.

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