What is Kidney Disease?
Chronic Kidney Disease(CKD) signifies damage to one’s kidneys from any cause. Kidney function is measured in ml/min or GFR(glomerular filtration rate). Normal GFR is approximately 100ml/min, and when a person's GFR is less than 100ml/min he/she is considered to have kidney disease. Prevention is our philosophy, and dialysis is a last resort in the treatment of kidney disease.
Common Causes of CKD
Diabetes is #1
Hypertension is #2
Lupus is #3 in some populations
HIV Associated Nephropathy is #3 in blacks age 20-64
Benign prostatic hypertrophy(Enlarged prostate)
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
Side effects of kidney disease:
Hypertension(elevated blood pressure)
High phosphorus levels
High potassium levels
Edema or swelling in the legs
Vitamin D deficiency
Do I Have Kidney Disease?
YES, if you have....
- Creatinine > 1.5mg/dL
- Urine protein > 500mg
- Blood in urine
- Severe hypertension