Phosphorus and Kidney Disease

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Renal Diet

Phosphorous and Kidney Disease

Phosphorus and Kidney DiseaseWhat’s The Problem with Phosphorus and Kidney Disease?

If you are on Dialysis or fighting to stave off Kidney Disease, your dietician has probably outlined a diet and directed you to stay away from certain foods containing too much phosphorous.

What is Phosphorous?

Phosphorous is a chemical element with the symbol P and if you watch Breaking Bad, you will notice the Atomic Number 15 floating around, which identifies Phosphorous. It is also a critical component of life, found in DNA. In the form of phospholipids, it is found in the membranes of cells. We need it to thrive. Bones, teeth-Phosphorous Rocks, but too much is not good!

Quick and Interesting History of Phosphorous

In the mid 1600’s, A German Alchemist, Robert Boyle, in search of a way to turn everyday metals into gold, collected human urine. I’ll bet that was fun. Can you imagine selling your urine? I wonder if this evolved into the modern Blood Drive?

With the vats of human waste, Boyle went about extracting the dissolved phosphates, distilled the metabolized waste and even tried evaporation-often for days at a time. My God! This is a sure-fire way to keep the relatives from visiting!

All this was not in vain for the tireless Boyle. After playing with urine for extended periods of time, he finally figured out something useful to do with it and was the first to use Phosphorous on the tips of sticks, igniting and causing instant fire with the ancient discovery of what we now call matches. I hope it was worth it.

But what does this mean for your diet if you have Kidney Disease?

We need Phosphorous in our bodies, but evidenced by what is found in our urine, we also need to get rid of too much Phosphorous. Primarily found in our bones and teeth. An average adult consumes 1-3 grams of Phosphorous daily, replenishing the needs for strong teeth, bones and soft cell nourishment.

But what does this have to do with your kidneys?

One of the main kidney functions is to regulate both calcium and phosphorous in the body. These are the most common minerals found in the body and they work together, or at least they should co-exist.
Besides providing nourishment, Phosphorous has a big job of helping to regulate calcium levels in the body and we all know from those milk commercials that calcium is needed for strong bones.

A healthy body, with kidneys working properly will get rid of the excess phosphorous through urine. Too much phosphorous in the body will send a warning signal to the brain and calcium stored in the bones will go to work, increasing calcium, but depleting the bone’s supply. Trying to even the levels in this manner will cause a loss of calcium in the bones and this will result in brittle bones that break easily.

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Kidney Infection Symptoms

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Dr Lisa

Kidney Infection Symptoms

Kidney Infection Symptoms can be subtle, but dangerous.

There are several forms of urinary tract infections (UTI). They are divided into upper and lower urinary tract infections. In upper urinary tract infection, the kidney is the most important structure which is involved. It is often known as pyelonephritis. Lower urinary tract infection involves urethra and urinary bladder. There are several symptoms which can differentiate among the two viz. upper and lower urinary tract infections. Being an infectious disease, urinary tract infection presents with signs and symptoms of infection and inflammation. Look for the signs of kidney infection symptoms.

Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis is an infectious (usually bacterial) and inflammatory disease of the kidneys. Typically, the disease affects only one kidney. It occurs in acute or chronic form. Pyelonephritis is more common in women than men. Furthermore, elderly men more often suffer from this disease.

Pyelonephritis in women typically begins after cystitis (inflammation and infection of urinary bladder) and ascending towards kidney resulting into pyelonephritis. Pyelonephritis in men is often a complication of urological diseases such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, any mass obstructing the flow of urine, prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), kidney stones etc.

Causes of pyelonephritis

Kidney infection is usually caused by bacteria, most common being Escherichia coli (E.coli). The bacteria enter the urethra and travel up the urinary tract. Once in one or both channels connecting the bladder and kidneys (ureters), bacteria reach the kidney and contribute towards the development of the disease. Women are more exposed to the risk partly due to the fact that their urethra is located closer to the anus (where bacteria from the intestines leave the body). This simplifies the way the bacteria enter into the urethra. Sometimes kidney infection can occur without infection of the bladder. For example, if the ureter or kidney outflow is blocked by a stone.

Symptoms of pyelonephritis

Symptoms of acute kidney infection (Upper Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms) often develop rapidly over several hours or days: • High temperature (over 38 ° C) • Swelling of the face • Tremors • Pain in the lower back (maybe on one side only) • Feeling of being sick (nausea) • vomiting About one-third of the patients with an acute kidney infection also have the symptoms of bladder infection (Lower Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms) as well.

These symptoms may also be present when isolated lower urinary tract infection is seen e.g. infection of urethra, urinary bladder, prostate etc. These symptoms may include: • Burning sensation while urinating • The need to urinate more often than usual • Muddy, dark urine • Sharp unpleasant smell of urine • Blood in the urine These symptoms may be caused by other problems as well. So, if you have any of these symptoms, consult a doctor. If you are searching for a way to tell others about your kidney failure, you may be interested in a Live Kidney Donation.

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Kidney Stones Like Summer Heat

water-filtration1 (7)Kidney Stones Like Summer Heat

If you have been concerned with Kidney Stones, experts suggest that the hotter, Summer months may be the most difficult for those suffering from kidney stones.

The reason is dehydration, which causes minerals in the body to crystallize in the kidneys.

In the Journal of European Urology, a study in 2012 shows that men, more than women will get kidney stones and at a rate nearly double the population in general.

How much water should you drink?

That question is different for everybody, but kidney patients in particular, should consult their medical professional because living with impaired kidney function and monitoring liquids is critical to getting through the day. Kidney Stones Like Summer Heat but you can protect yourself by drinking plenty of water-provided you are not a kidney patient-then you should ask your doctor how much liquid is right for you!

Kidney patients have to remember that normal kidney’s make urine which is expelled in healthy people. A lot of kidney patients no longer make urine and adding more liquid to their diet just impacts daily living in a detrimental manner.

For the rest of us who enjoy healthy kidney function, safeguarding the health of our kidney’s is crucial by drinking an abundance of water. Not soda and not just any liquids.

Water is the key ingredient and health authorities tell us that we should be drinking about half a gallon of water daily.

Doing so, especially in the hotter months ahead, may save you from dehydration and thus may improve your chances of staving off kidney stones.

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Kidney Failure-A Family Affair

Kidney Failure-A Family Affair

Kidney Failure-a family affair. It really does affect the entire family, especially a close family structure like ours.

When my 24-year-old son, Michael called from his college town to tell me he was going in the hospital with kidney failure, I went into complete shock. And I hear this story-the reaction to kidney failure news from a lot of people with end-stage renal disease.

How does this happen? How do doctors miss the obvious signs that their patients are nearing the edge of a threshold that will soon change their lives forever? Michael was sky-diving the week before and other than feeling lethargic, he had no real signs that he was getting pretty close to death.

It’s not like he wasn’t checked by a doctor either. In the weeks preceding his discovery of kidney failure, Michael had seen two different doctors for an inflamed knee. One doctor wanted him to begin a regiment of physical therapy and the other started him on a high dose of anti-inflammatory drugs that would further erode his renal function.

What should the average American patient do in order to protect themselves? How do you know if your kidneys are working properly? If you have kidney failure?

When you have a visit with your doctor, ask them to check your kidney function. This is called a GMR Test (Glomerular Filtration Rate) and it measures, among other things,  the creatinine level in your blood. Creatinine is the waste as a result of healthy kidneys doing what they are supposed to do. Most healthy people have a creatinine level of  about .06 to 1.3 milligrams per deciliter.

Most doctors will not even think to provide this simple test, but it may save your life. Last year, the National Kidney Foundation asked me to speak at a luncheon of business leaders in Irvine, CA. Another speaker, who was a nephrologist, confirmed what I am telling you. Doctors are not trained to ask for kidney function tests without you advocating yourself.  It is not their fault, they are simply not aware that kidney disease is growing at a rapid rate.

To put this in perspective, Michael entered the hospital with a creatinine level of 20. That’s right. Twenty times normal and eight nephrologists came to his hospital room because they told me even the textbooks have never documented such high levels in someone who was still alive.

Well, that made me feel just great. Here I was sitting in his hospital room watching a machine remove and clean blood before returning it to a very sick young man and doctor after doctor were sneaking a peek in the room just to see if the rumor had validity.

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How to Donate a Kidney

How to Donate a Kidney

4 Things You Should Know First

how to donate a kidneyDo you want to change the world and want to know how to donate a kidney?

Kidney transplant is not the last option for patients suffering from organ failure. As a matter of fact, it’s the first one on the list.

However, because of how limited the available organs for transplantation, patients are often left to reconsider their options. They undergo routine dialysis and take prescribed medications to limit damages while they wait for the right match.

Kidney donation, apparently, is more than just giving your organ out to someone. It’s a life changing process that you need to thoroughly consider first. Here are some if the things you should know:

  1. Choose the best care possible.

Your healthcare providers will play a big role in your transplant procedure. From the pre-assessment phase to your discharge and follow up, they are the people who will assist you. Because of how involved they are in the process, keep in mind to assess them and their environment first.

  1. Not everyone can be a donor and not all patients can be recipients.

Kidney donations require a strict assessment to make sure the donor is healthy and fit enough to give out one of his organs. On the same note, patients need to find the right match first before they can be permitted to receive an organ. If these two factors aren’t met and the transplant still pursues, it can lead to a lot of lethal and detrimental complications- including organ rejection or even death.

  1. Dialysis is not always good.

Undergoing hemodialysis can help control a patient’s signs and symptoms. However, the more the patient relies on hemodialysis, the lesser his chances of regaining his quality of life becomes. It can also affect his independence as he becomes more reliant on the machine.

Because of this, people are encouraged to donate as early as possible. The earlier a transplant is done, the lesser the patient becomes dependent on dialysis and medications. If you are considering being a donor, it can help if you can talk to your hospital’s transplant officer.

  1. A transplant has both positive and negative effects.

Although there are two sides in a kidney transplant, experts believe that the positive effects still outweighs the negative ones. Take for example the case of the donor. Although he can lose one of his kidneys, the donor can still assume a normal life, with minimum to no complications. He can even resume his previous level of activities, work, and life.

As for the recipient, the risk of organ rejection is quite small, given that necessary screening is done to ensure match and compatibility. Rejection can happen but it’s actually very rare. There are also medications, such as immunosuppressants, to stop it from happening.

 

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Fast Food and Your Kidneys

Fast Food and Your Kidneys

4 Problems with Fast Foods You Need To Tell Your Kids

Fast Food and Your KidneysEspecially if you have a history of renal problems, you should learn the consequences of fast food and your kidneys. Perhaps one of the most common problems with fast foods is that they aren’t only tasty but they can also be quite addicting. This is probably the reason why kids just can’t get enough of them.

However, this is a reality and, although this combination of ingredients often taste good, children still need to understand that not everything that tastes delicious is healthy for them.

To deliver your points better, here are a few problems with fast foods you can share with your kids:

Fast foods can make them sick.

Fast foods have a high sugar and salt content. When there’s too much sugar in your body, it makes your blood thick and viscous. This dramatically changes the balance in your system and the high sodium will wreck havoc with your kidneys.

For one, thicker blood increases the pressure in your blood vessels. As this pressure increases, it creates damages to the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys. It also makes your heart work harder. High blood sugar also makes your body resistant to insulin. When the condition isn’t addressed properly, it can lead to diabetes and even stroke.

The leading causes of kidney failure are High Blood Pressure and Diabetes.

Fast foods will make them fat.

The amount of calories you’ll get in a single serving of fast food can amount to the total calories you should have in a day. The more fast foods you eat means the more excess calories you consume. Over time, it can lead to weight gain and, eventually, to obesity.

Fast foods are expensive.

Compared to buying whole foods and preparing meals at home, fast foods are way more expensive. In fact, just a single burger meal can cost you $4.69. Aside from the actual price of fast foods, the cost of hospitalization in case you get sick from eating them can also be high. You also get to miss several school days when you get sick.

Fast foods aren’t nutritious.

Although they can make you feel full, fast foods generally lack the nutrients kids need to grow optimally. Because they lack nutrients, their bodies will think that they need to consume more of these foods to get the right amount of nutrition. This, as a result, can lead to overeating.

Also, because there isn’t enough nutrition, a lot of children today are sluggish. They easily get tired and lack the energy to support an active lifestyle.

Childhood is the right time to teach your kids about the right eating habit. If you fail to correct their wrong food choices now, there’s a good chance that they’ll take these choices with them as they grow up. This list, in reality, doesn’t only concern children. As a matter of fact, problems with fast foods are also some of the reasons why most adults get sick today.

Fast Food and Your Kidneys can be a dangerous combination if you have been cited as having kidney disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Treatment of Kidney Infection

Treatment of Kidney Infection

3 Things You Should Know

 

Treatment of Kidney InfectionKidney infection is not only an inconvenient experience, but it can be painful as well. Fever, backache, and painful urination are only parts of the symptoms you can experience with this medical condition.The treatment of kidney infection should be swift and with a medical professional.

However, although the signs and symptoms are already obvious, there are still people who tend to ignore them entirely. Some of them don’t even pay close attention that they frequently surprise themselves with another bout of infection.

If you have an existing infection or have just successfully treated one, here are three important things you have to know.

Complications

If treatment is sought late, there’s a good chance for an infection to develop secondary complications. Aside from the risk of renal failure, untreated or mistreated infection can also lead to:

Kidney Abscess

This condition is marked by the accumulation of pus in your renal tract. Although rare, it’s actually potentially serious as the pus formation and the bacteria inside it can spread throughout your body. People who are diabetic are at more at risk of this complication than those who aren’t. For them kidney failure is a possibility.

Sepsis

Once the infection has spread systemically, sepsis or blood poisoning should be carefully assessed. Because the infection can attack your main organs, such as your lungs, liver or heart, it’s important to seek medical help right away as urgent hospitalization and medical actions are warranted.

Emphysematous Pyelonephritis

Categorized as severe infection, EPN happens when the tissues of the kidney gets destroyed as the bacteria inside the renal tract release toxic gasses. These gasses accumulate and further destroy your renal tissues.

Recovery

To achieve recovery, you must strictly adhere to your doctor’s treatment plan. It can involve religiously taking antibiotics and pain relievers, increasing your fluid intake and a change in your lifestyle.

With strong compliance, people who follow their medical treatment plans have a higher rate for a good and fast recovery. Typically, a renal infection goes away in a matter of few days. With a successful treatment plan, there’s little chance for complications to develop.

Prevention

Usually, a kidney infection doesn’t only strike once. In fact, as long as the factors that caused it in the first place aren’t eliminated, there’s a good chance you can acquire it again. To prevent renal infection, here are some of the things you can do:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Practice emptying your bladder completely when voiding.
  • As soon as you feel the urge to urinate, go to the toilet right away.
  • For women, wiping from front to back is a must.
  • Avoid using feminine soaps that are scented and chemical-based.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Avoid tight fitting and non-cotton underwear.
  • Eat more foods that are healthy for your kidneys such as cranberries, red bell pepper and ginger.

 

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Kidney Infection

Kidney Infection

5 Natural Treatments for Kidney Infection You Probably Didn’t Know About

Are you worried about Kidney InfectionKidney infection, particularly when it isn’t too advanced, is easy to manage. You’ll generally be prescribed with antibiotics and pain relievers to manage the kidney infection symptoms and to treat the root cause of the infection. Treatment usually lasts from 5 to 7 days.

 

Unfortunately, overuse and improper use of antibiotics and painkillers can do your kidneys more harm than good. If you want an all natural treatment approach to stop your kidney infection, here’s a short list of natural remedies you may want to try.

1.   Ginger

 

Ginger has been widely used in treating several infections of the body. It has a strong antibacterial property, primarily due to its Gingerol content, that can help inhibit the proliferation and even the spread of bacteria in your renal system. Because of this, you can also use ginger to prevent recurrent kidney infection.

 

To get the best out of this natural remedy, you can use it to create a tea or extract its juice directly. If you want more flavor, you can add honey or a few drops of lemon juice. Learn more about kidney infection.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric has both anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties that can address the symptoms of kidney infection. Consuming turmeric also helps make recovery faster. Besides its antibacterial property, it’s also a potent anti-fungal remedy. Its Curcumin content can stop both growth and spread of bad microorganisms.

Because turmeric has a bitter flavor, it’s best if you can add it to your dishes instead. There are also turmeric supplements that you can try.

3. Cranberry

Cranberry restores your renal system’s acidic nature. This pH helps ward off harmful microorganisms from growing anywhere in your tract. In fact, most people who are prone to renal infections take a glass of cranberry daily as a preventive approach against recurrent attacks. When drinking cranberry, keep in mind to consume it in moderation. It’s known to contain oxalate that can also contribute to stone formations.

 

4. Yogurt

Yogurt is a potent source of antioxidants and probiotics. These two factors contribute to lesser chances of developing renal infections because of their ability to halt bacterial growth. Other than the benefits of these contents, yogurt can also help improve your immune system.

 

It’s recommended that you consume two to three cups of yogurt daily. For added texture and flavor, you can toss some fruits into the mix.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Because of its malic acid content, ACV is mostly used as an immediate solution for the pain associated with renal infection. With an acidity level of 3.0, it also aids in restoring the natural pH of your renal tract. You can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of ACV to a glass of water and drink it twice daily for your symptoms of kidney infection.

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Nutrition After Kidney Transplant

Nutrition After Kidney

Transplant

Kidney BeansIf you have had a Kidney Transplant, no doubt your Transplant Coordinator has discussed with you the necessity for good nutrition after a kidney transplant.

Sure, it is hard and in many cases, Kidney Transplant patients do not have the availability of someone to shop and cook for them. Many times, Fast Food is the answer, but if you are reading this, you should understand that next to the medication you take to suppress the rejection of the recently transplanted kidney, nutrition is your best friend.

Many of the drugs taken post kidney transplant will have serious side effects and you may not feel like eating anything at all. Resist the temptation to skip meals and be vigilant about the food you do decide to eat. Though food may taste different, choose your meals wisely and give your body an opportunity to get acclimated to this new way of life.

Nutrition after a kidney transplant will be much different that while a patient is undergoing dialysis. All of a sudden, whole grains are back on the table and white, bleached items like bread, pasta and rice should be avoided. As you progress toward wellness, you will be asked to make lifestyle changes if you experience weight gain, increased blood pressure or elevated sugar levels.

The medications most will take after a kidney transplant will include Prednisone which may cause you to experience higher levels of cholesterol and possibly your triglycerides to rise. This, of course, is a major alarm because of the risk of heart disease.

Prednisone may also cause increased weight gain. This drug usually increases appetite as it changes the way in which your body uses fat and sugar. Food may even taste better after a while, however, post kidney transplant patients should be careful because excess weight gain may cause even more complications to newly transplanted individuals.

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