After news broke of Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa Cosby passing away suddenly from Kidney Disease, people began searching Chronic Kidney Disease and Renal Failure. Because this illness impacts so many lives, I wanted to help raise awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease.
Our kidneys have a very important function in our lives: They filter our blood. They remove waste and extra fluid by flushing them from our bodies in the form of urine.
What is Chronic Kidney Disease?
Chronic Kidney Disease basically means that someone has been suffering from Kidney Disease for quite sometime, and their kidneys are not working as they should.
When a kidney is diseased, waste builds up in the bloodstream, making the sufferer sick.
Our kidneys are made up of about a million small filters called nephrons. When nephrons become damaged, the healthy nephrons pick up the slack. After a while, those nephrons shut down. When a certain amount of time has passed, the leftover nephrons are unable to filter your blood to keep you healthy.
What causes Chronic Kidney Disease?
Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease
Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease
If your kidney function decreases to a certain point, your doctor will diagnose you with renal failure. Renal failure can impact your bones, brain, and heart. If left untreated, it can become life-threatening.
When you are diagnosed with renal failure, your doctor will give you a couple of options: dialysis or a kidney transplant. Dialysis will help filter the waste from your kidneys. While it won't cure you, it will help you feel better.
When it comes to kidney transplants, those are recommended if you are otherwise healthy. The issue with transplants is that you have to wait for a perfect match for your blood and tissue type. You will also be required to take medication for the rest of your life, the medication ensures that your body does not reject the new kidney.
Again, if you suspect that you may have kidney disease, contact your doctor immediately.
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