Health problems that can cause kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is a progressive condition that cannot be cured. However, it can be managed, so getting an early diagnosis is important to slowing down the progression of the disease and preventing complications. Although CKD can happen to anyone, there are certain medical conditions that make some people more vulnerable than others. If you have any of these chronic health problems, your physician may also monitor your kidney function to look for signs of CKD.

Diabetes
People with diabetes have the greatest risk of developing CKD. When blood glucose levels are high, eventually the kidneys cannot keep up with removing the excess glucose and become damaged. Managing your blood glucose levels will help to prevent CKD, though even people with diabetes that is well controlled have a higher risk of kidney disease.

To monitor for kidney damage, your diabetes care provider will regularly test your urine for signs of a protein called albumin. The presence of albumin may indicate that your kidneys are not functioning properly.

High blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure, the blood vessels in your kidneys may become damaged over time. When that occurs, your kidneys will not remove waste and excess fluid effectively. As a result, blood pressure may increase even more, which then causes further damage to the kidneys.

Controlling high blood pressure through diet and with medications, when necessary, can reduce the risk of CKD.

Heart disease
Although researchers are not yet sure of the reasons, there appears to be a link between heart disease and CKD. If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, monitoring your kidney health is likely to be part of your treatment plan.

The relationship between heart disease and CKD appears to work both ways. People with CKD have an increased risk of developing heart disease.

CKD and the chronic health conditions that increase the risk of developing it require careful monitoring. Let a physician from Riverside Community Hospital help you manage your kidney function, heart health, and other conditions. Contact our hospital in Riverside for a referral by dialing (951) 788-3463.

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