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Chronic kidney disease treatment - What to expect

Kidney disease treatments vary depending on the cause.
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You've been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. What can you expect in treatment options? Doctors will likely find the cause of the disease first. Once that has been accomplished, treatment will concentrate on restoration of kidney function. It's possible further treatment such as dialysis and transplants can be avoided with early diagnoses and treatment.

Controlling the cause

Conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes may have caused the chronic kidney disease. When this is the case initial treatment will involve getting these diseases under control. Treatment will differ according to the cause of the kidney disease. Treating the cause may bring about a cure or additional treatment may be necessary

Diet

Treatment for chronic kidney disease will include some dietary changes. Your doctor will likely put you on an individualized diet to keep kidney disease under control. This diet will encourage a good balance of nutrients lacking in your former diet. There will also be some liquid restrictions and recommendations for eliminating salt from the diet.

Exercise

Regular exercise is responsible for proper function of organs. Chronic kidney disease is sometimes worsened by inactivity. Patients with kidney disease will likely require a regular exercise program as treatment to heal properly. Your doctor will recommend the amount and type of exercise treatment program that's right for you.

What not to do

As part of treatment for chronic kidney disease, your doctor will likely advise you of things to stay away from. Salt triggers high blood pressure and worsens kidney disease. Smoking is a risk for kidney disease patients as it inhibits proper circulation. Recent studies have shown that NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen and Aleve can cause further kidney damage. Illegal drugs and alcohol should be avoided.

ACE inhibitors

Medicines such as ACE inhibitors and ARB are standard treatment options for chronic kidney disease.
These medications work to increase the flow of blood to the kidneys. Some are designed to reduce protein in the urine. These medicines will also be used as treatment for high blood pressure, a common factor in kidney disease patients.

Diabetes

Diabetes is another common factor in patients with kidney disease. Treatment for chronic kidney disease will include monitoring blood sugar levels. Medications may be used to keep blood sugar under control. Diabetes is known to cause damage to blood vessels in the kidneys and other organs.

Uremic Syndrome

Uremic Syndrome is a condition in which chronic kidney disease patients experience a build up of waste products in the body. The kidneys are not properly filtering waste. In cases of uremic syndrome, patients will need more aggressive treatment. Dialysis and even kidney transplants are utilized as treatment at this stage of chronic kidney disease.

Please Note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice.

Sources:

NY Times

Web MD

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