Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should. If the damage is very bad, your kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure or Renal Failure. The sooner you know you have kidney disease, the sooner you can make changes to protect your kidneys.
Who are at risk to develop CKD?
- Diabetes is the leading cause of CKD. High blood glucose, also called blood sugar, from diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys. Almost 1 in 3 people with diabetes has CKD.
- High blood pressure. High blood pressure is the second leading cause of CKD. Almost 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure has CKD.
- Heart disease. People with heart disease are at higher risk for kidney disease, and people with kidney disease are at higher risk for heart disease.
- Family history of kidney failure.
Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)
If your kidneys are beginning to fail, You may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Not feeling hungry
- Swelling in your feet and ankles
- Too much urine (pee) or not enough urine
- Trouble catching your breath
- Trouble sleeping
Symptoms of Acute Kidney Failure:
If your kidneys stop working suddenly you may notice following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
Having one or more of any of the symptoms above may be a sign of serious kidney problems. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor right away.
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