6 misunderstandings that can make your kidney disease worse

Articles May 18, 2020 00:44

The kidneys are extremely important organs. Therefore, misunderstandings about the kidneys are very dangerous and can lead to serious consequences.

When the kidney is damaged, it will cause many dangerous complications in the body. In fact, most patients with kidney disease find it difficult to detect early symptoms of the disease. So, by the time the body shows clear unusual signs, and they rushs to the hospital, the kidney disease has progressed to the advanced stage.

6 false myths that can worsen your kidneys' condition

1. People with kidney disease just need to focus on treatment

Drug treatment and adherence to tests are part of the treatment of kidney disease. However, your daily diet are equally important. For example, if you are taking hormonal drugs but not following a low protein diet, the effects of the medication will decrease and the condition will even worsen.

6 misunderstandings that can make your kidney disease worse

Therefore, in everyday life, people with kidney disease should abandon habits that cause kidney damage such as staying up late, eating a lot of meat, smoking, and drinking alcohol.

2. Low levels of protein in urine means that the kidneys are not in dangers

Proteinuria is an important indicator of kidney disease. If you find this index low, this does not mean that the kidneys are stable, not at risk. In fact, as kidney disease progresses to an advanced stage, the protein in the urine and the amount of urine decrease. Therefore, patients should not underestimate proteinuria but have a comprehensive and detailed examination.

6 misunderstandings that can make your kidney disease worse

3. The concentration of creatinine is not important

Blood creatinine level is an indicator of kidney function. Normal creatinine levels in men are from 0.6 to 1.2 mg / dl (i.e. 53 to 106 mmol / l), in women from 0.5 to 1.1 mg / dl (i.e. 44- 97 mmol / l).

When abnormal readings are found, there may be a slight increase, in fact kidney function is being compromised. This means that one in two kidneys may no longer work.

4. Diuretics and uric acid lowering drugs will not affect the kidneys

When the diet is strictly controlled, the blood uric acid index is still not up to the standard and needs to be taken for a long time. The use of this drug, or diuretics, is often associated with a risk of liver and kidney damage. In addition, when using antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for a long time often cause impaired kidney function, easily causing kidney disease.

6 misunderstandings that can make your kidney disease worse

5. The "+" sign on the proteinuria index is no big deal

This "+" sign is a signal that the kidneys are having problems. If the proteinuria is between 0.2 - 1g / L and accompanied by a "+" sign, it is a sign that you are suffering from diseases such as chronic or acute nephritis, pyelonephritis, renal failure... need to pay attention and check more.

6. People with kidney disease do not need dieting

As kidney disease develops, the kidneys are in serious damage. Eating foods high in fat, sugar, and protein creates a metabolic burden on the kidneys. This can also cause early kidney failure. Therefore, patients with kidney disease should follow the advice of a doctor.

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