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Secret Kidney Disease

January 08, 2005 | 31,266 views
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A shocking 10 million to 20 million Americans have kidney disease and don't know it. Moreover, over 7 million people have less than half the kidney function of a healthy young adult; while another 11.3 million have at least half of what's regarded as normal kidney function, but with persistent protein in their urine (a sign of kidney disease). High chronic kidney disease increases one's risk of premature death, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, anemia, bone disease and malnutrition.

In light of this data, it is evident that a major plan of action is needed in order to deal with this stealth health condition. One professor of epidemiology, medicine and biostatistics at a school in Baltimore suggested that to reduce the rate of progression and complications of kidney disease occurring in the United States, three key concepts must be addressed:

  • Awareness
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment

In a study, participants were asked the question: "Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you had weak or failing kidneys (excluding kidney stones, bladder infections or incontinence)?"

Responses indicated that:

  • Less than 10 percent of adults with moderately decreased kidney function reported being told they had weakened or failing kidneys
  • Awareness of the condition was low in all but the most severe stages of the disease
  • Women with moderately lower kidney function were significantly less aware of their condition compared with similarly affected men

Researchers determined the participants' actual kidney function from blood and urine tests and estimated glomerular filtration rate, or GFR. GFR is a much more accurate way to gauge how well the kidneys work, rather than relying on the blood level of a substance known as creatinine. (Creatinine is a protein produced by muscle and released into the blood. Levels of this protein are determined by the rate it in which it is removed, which is roughly a measure of kidney function).

Science Daily December 29, 2004

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The research in this article mirrors the results of a similar study I posted a couple years back from the National Kidney Foundation.

It is great to see that the study highlighted in the recent article (above) participated in a more efficient approach to screening for kidney disease (such as GFR), rather than waiting for a person's kidney's to fail and then put them on the Medicare bandwagon, which sucks another $15 billion a year from the United States.

However, wouldn't it make more sense to actually have people avoid things that cause kidney disease in the first place?

Culprits Linked to Kidney Damage

One major culprit is taking OTC pain pills such as aspirin, Motrin, Advil or Tylenol, which can cause kidney damage. About 15 percent of the people on dialysis (an artificial blood-filtering process used to clean the blood of malfunctioning kidneys) are getting this treatment as a result of the damage that Tylenol and/or aspirin did to their kidneys. So, avoiding Tylenol and aspirin will be very important to preventing kidney disease.

Simply put, virtually NO ONE needs to take statin drugs. When you treat the symptoms with a drug, you are in no way, shape or form treating the cause. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that artificial drugs cause serious side effects.

Another danger to your kidneys is mercury. When you eat too much contaminated fish or drink repeatedly from a polluted water supply, you may be setting yourself up for chronic mercury poisoning. Health problems that can result from mercury poisoning include:

  • Nervous system damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Birth defects
  • Dental problems
  • Mood swings
  • Mental changes
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Nerve damage
  • Inability to concentrate

Finally, taking Crestor can lead to kidney disease. For instance, the highest, 80-milligram dose of Crestor could not be approved because of serious side effects including muscle and kidney damage. Some say the drug may produce side effects even at lower doses, and caution that patients should be closely monitored when on the drug.

As you can see, simply minding what you are putting into your body may change the outcome of whether or not you get kidney disease. Remember: Eating right and avoiding harmful toxins is a major key to achieving total and complete optimal wellness.

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Why Kidney Failure Strikes 1 in 13 African Americans

Do You Use Aspirin or Tylenol Regularly? Beware as They Are Linked to Kidney Failure


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