Category : Kidney Diseases

Glomerulonephritis and CKD

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Glomerulonephritis and CKD

Kidney disease can be caused by inflammation of the filters inside the kidneys, known as glomerulonephritis. In some cases, this occurs as a result of the immune system mistakenly attacking the kidneys. If a kidney biopsy finds that this is the cause of your kidney problems, you may be prescribed medicine to reduce the activity of […]

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Bone problems

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Bone problems

If your kidneys are severely damaged, you can get a build-up of phosphate in your body because your kidneys cannot get rid of it. Along with calcium, phosphate is important for maintaining healthy bones. But if your phosphate level rises too much, it can upset the balance of calcium in your body and lead to thinning of the […]

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Anaemia and CKD

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Anaemia and CKD

Many people with later-stage kidney disease develop anaemia, which is a lack of red blood cells. Symptoms of anaemia include: tiredness lack of energy shortness of breath a pounding, fluttering or irregular heartbeat (palpitations) If you experience anaemia, you may be given injections of a medication called erythropoietin. This is a hormone that helps your body produce more red blood cells. If […]

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High cholesterol and CKD

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High cholesterol and CKD

People with CKD have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. This is because some of the causes of kidney disease are the same as those for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. You may be prescribed medication called statins to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Examples include atorvastatin, fluvastatin and simvastatin. Side effects […]

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Treatments for CKD

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Treatments for CKD

There’s no cure for chronic kidney disease (CKD), but treatment can help relieve the symptoms and stop it getting worse. Your treatment will depend on the stage of your CKD. The main treatments are: lifestyle changes – to ensure you remain as healthy as possible The following lifestyle measures are usually recommended for people with kidney disease: stop smoking […]

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