kidney health

Let’s Talk About Your Kidney Health

Chronic glomerulonephritis and hypertension are leading causes of chronic kidney disease, with diabetes gaining significance

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Hello, my village people, it’s Dr. Okenye, your village doctor. Lets talk about your kidney health. According to the recent study, in Nigeria specifically, Chronic glomerulonephritis and HTN have been the leading causes of chronic kidney disease. However, diabetes has recently gained more significance.

Today I want to discuss 5 problems that chronic kidney disease can cause

1.  Weak bones: The details of how this happens is too complex but you want to learn more consult you closest medical text book or nephrologist

2. Muscle and nerve damage

3. Anemia: this is because a known substance important for blood cell production is produced by the kidneys

4. High blood pressure: Yes, high blood pressure can cause renal disease, but renal disease can also cause high blood pressure.

5. Heart disease: this is one of the most important ones.

Most people with early kidney disease have no symptoms, or misleading symptoms, which makes early detection extremely critical. By the time significant symptoms occur it may already be End stage.

Remember End Stage Renal Disease patients will need dialysis and due to multiple factors nearly all patients with ESRD will not survive beyond 7 months.

That is why you need to discuss with your doctor about performing intermittent blood tests to make sure you are not a significant risk.

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any new medication or treatment. This publication and aurthors does not endorse or recommend any specific medication and is not liable for any adverse effects from the use of this information

Emmanuel Okenye

Dr. Emmanuel Okenye, DO is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He is ABIM board-certified and practices both outpatient at Evergreen Family Medicine and inpatient at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon.

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