Common Habits That Damage Our Kidney.

by - 2/06/2013

Kidney disease is one of the costliest illness in the world, and cost of managing it is very expensive. Statistics has shown that there is a continuous increase in the number of people with renal failure, who need either kidney transplant or dialysis. Experts have found the explanation from our daily life habits. Here are Ten top habits that lead to kidney failure:

1. Not Emptying your bladder:                                                                                      
Maintaining full bladder for a long time is a quick way of causing bladder damage. That the urine stays in the bladder for a long time can cause the bacteria breeding in urine to quickly multiply. Once the urine reflexes back to the ureter and kidneys, the bacteria can result in kidney infections, then urinary tract infection and then nephritis, even uremia. So no matter how busy and occupied you are drink a lot of water and urinate regularly. The habit of holding back urine damages the kidney.

2. Not Drinking enough water:
The main function of kidney is to regulate erythrocyte balances and eliminate metabolic wastes in urine. If we do not drink enough water, the blood will be concentrated and the blood flow to the kidney will not be adequate, thus the function of eliminating toxins in from blood will be impaired.

3. Consumption of too much salt:
More percentage of the sodium we consume through food is metabolized by the kidneys. Exceeding the intake makes the kidneys work harder to excrete the excess salt and can lead to decreased kidney function. The excess of sodium intake, will cause water retention which will further lead to edema. Experts say our daily intake of salt should be controlled within 6g per day.

4. Not treating common infections quickly and properly:
Common infections such as pharyngitis, tonsillitis, common cold e.t.c, usually triggers kidney damage. They do this by causing an acute attack of acute glomerulonephritis or chronic nephritis. Study has shown that people with kidney diseases in the hospitals usually present a history of cold or sore throat. If after having cold, symptoms like blood in urine, swelling, headache, fatigue , poor appetite, nausea you should consult your doctor immediately to asses your kidney function and start treatment if compromised.

5. Eating too much:
Taking too much meat and protein can increase the metabolic load of the kidney. It is suggested that protein intake should be about 0.8g/kg per day. This means that a person with 50kg should consume 40kg of protein per day. Meat consumption per day should be limited within 300g.

6. Not eating enough:
This is equally as dangerous as eating too much, they both can lead to damage of the digestive organs which is full of mucous tissues. Mucous tissues relates closely to the immune system. This why many kidney failure patients are diagnosed with "autoimmune kidney damages".

7. Missing your drugs:
Hypertension and diabetes have been shown to precipitate or accelerate kidney damage, so i f you are diagnosed as having any of these diseases don't live your life in denial, USE YOUR DRUGS!

8. Painkiller abuse:
The use of pain killers like analgesics for a prolonged duration may reduce the flow of blood and greatly affect kidney function. Also patients with an analgesic-induced renal failure are more likely to suffer from bladder cancer. These drugs should be used only when necessary.

9. Drinking too much alcohol:
Drinking alcohol without limitation may cause the deposition of uric acid in renal tubules causing tubular obstruction and increasing risks of kidney failure.

10. Not resting enough:
A common symptom of stress is insomnia. Blood pressure may increase by an average of 2-5mg/Hg due to insomnia. Elevated blood pressure can cause damage to kidney capillaries giving rise to kidney problems. Therefore we need to develop the attitude of balancing work and rest to protect our kidneys and live a healthy and long life.

Never ignore symptoms like change in color of urine, change in urine volume, increase in night urination, high blood pressure and other related symptoms, please report to your doctor immediately.

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