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Kidneys play an integral role in the health of your body. They produce urine, help maintain a healthy blood pressure and clean excess water and wastes out of your blood. When you have kidney disease, your kidneys are no longer able to clean wastes and toxins from the blood. In the United States, more than 20 million adults age 20 or older have kidney disease and are not aware of it. In the beginning stages of kidney disease, there has been some success in taking action and preventing kidney failure. By controlling blood pressure and making healthy lifestyle choices, it is possible to maintain kidney function and slow the progression of kidney disease.
Unfortunately, most symptoms related to kidney failure do not manifest in the early stages. It is important that you continue with regular check ups with your physician to catch early kidney disease so action can be taken to prevent or delay progression. Warning signs of kidney failure may include:
It is very important to talk to your doctor about your health concerns. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the main causes of kidney failure. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes, it is imperative that you pay close attention to any changes in your health. If you believe you have any of the symptoms listed above, reach out to your doctor immediately.