Diabetes and High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Kidney Failure

January 7th, 2006

Anyone who has Diabetes or High Blood Pressure should be aware that these conditions can lead to chronic Kidney Disease, and even to kidney failure. In fact, Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, and High Blood Pressure is the second leading cause. Diabetes and High Blood Pressure account for 70 percent of all cases of kidney failure in African Americans, and African Americans are four times more likely than whites to experience kidney failure.

The good news is that kidney failure doesn�t happen overnight. Instead, it usually occurs only after Kidney Damage has taken place over years, or even decades. By taking some precautions and monitoring your health, you can greatly reduce your risk of kidney failure.

Your Kidneys

Most people don�t stop to think about their Kidneys, yet life depends on them. These fist-sized organs are located on either side of the spine at about waist height, and they play a crucial role in maintaining health.

One vital function of the Kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood. Every two minutes, the body�s entire blood supply circulates through the Kidneys, where the blood is filtered. Cleansed blood flows back to the heart, and waste products are filtered out into the urine.

In addition to filtering waste, the Kidneys control the amount of fluid in the body, help regulate blood pressure, and aid in production of red blood cells and healthy bones.

Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure

Both Diabetes and High Blood Pressure can damage the Kidneys, which can lead to chronic Kidney Disease. Chronic Kidney Disease is a condition in which a person�s Kidneys are not working as well as they should.

Eventually, the damage from chronic Kidney Disease can lead to kidney failure. When a person has kidney failure, it means their Kidneys are not working well enough to keep the person alive, and the only options are dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant.

More than 7.4 million adults in the United States over age 20 have chronic Kidney Disease. That�s 4.5 percent of the population. There are currently 400,000 Americans who have progressed to kidney failure and are being kept alive through dialysis or kidney transplants.

More than 75,000 people die from kidney failure each year. Kidney Disease is America�s ninth leading cause of death. With early diagnosis and treatment, chronic Kidney Disease can be slowed and kidney failure may be avoided. Without treatment, chronic Kidney Disease can become kidney failure with little or no warning.

Symptoms and Screenings

Early chronic Kidney Disease usually has no symptoms. Chronic Kidney Disease sometimes develops so slowly that many patients don’t realize they are sick until the disease is advanced and they are rushed to the hospital for life-saving dialysis. The only way to find out if you have chronic Kidney Disease is to have some simple medical tests.

Sometimes there are warning signs of chronic Kidney Disease, especially when you are approaching kidney failure. The warning signs include:

� Swelling of parts of the body like the ankles, feet or face � Burning or unusual sensation during urination � Foamy, bloody or coffee-colored urine � Urinating more often, especially at night � Easy Bruising or bleeding � Listless or tired feeling

You should be tested for chronic Kidney Disease if you have experienced any of the above symptoms, or if you are Diabetic, have High Blood Pressure, or have a family member who has experienced Kidney Disease. Remember, you can feel perfectly fine and still have chronic Kidney Disease.

The simple tests for chronic Kidney Disease include a urine test for protein and a blood test for creatinine. Your doctor will use these tests to figure out a number called your GFR (glomerular filtration rate). The GFR number measures how well your Kidneys work. Your doctor should be able to explain exactly what your GFR number means.

Treatment

The treatment goal for a person with chronic Kidney Disease is to slow down or stop the damage to the Kidneys. It is very important for a person with chronic Kidney Disease to control their blood pressure, control their blood sugar if they are Diabetic, avoid certain medicines, and follow a special diet that a doctor or dietitian can explain.

Prevention

You can lower your risk of chronic Kidney Disease and kidney failure by living a healthy lifestyle: eat low-fat, low-salt foods, exercise regularly, limit alcohol intake and don�t smoke.

Another aspect of prevention is to get regular medical check-ups, which include screening for Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and chronic Kidney Disease � even if you feel fine!

If you have High Blood Pressure, take your medicine faithfully and see your doctor often.

If you have Diabetes, follow your diet, take your medication and test your blood sugar regularly.

Support

The American Kidney Fund provides direct financial assistance to kidney patients in need and Education for those with and at risk for Kidney Disease.. For more information, visit www.kidneyfund.org, call our nationwide toll-free �Help Line� at 800-638-8299 or e-mail helpline@kidneyfund.org.

About the author

Tamara Ruggiero is Director of Communications for the American Kidney Fund.

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Reducing Cholestorol Naturally

January 5th, 2006

Abnormities in blood fat level is a contributing factor to coronary Heart Disease. Cholesterol and triglycerides are the two main fats in the blood. Both fats are consumed in the diet but what is not generally known is that Cholesterol is also made up naturally in most of the tissues in the body, the exception being the tissues in the brain. A person�s body naturally produces 2,000 mg of Cholesterol per day and the average person normally consumes within their diet between 200 and 800 mg per day. The common belief that all dietary Cholesterol is bad for you is a myth. Cholesterol is vital for vitamin D synthesis, cell membrane structure, steroid hormone production and bile formation.

Fats are passed into the liver from the intestines where they are then metabolised. This process of clearing the fats can take several hours, if for any reason the Cholesterol levels remain high, the excess may deposited on the lining of the arteries causing atheroma which narrows the arteries causing them to fur up or harden which lead to atherosclerosis the fore runner to Heart Disease.

The steps to combat high blood fats are to stop smoking, to take up exercise such as swimming, cycling or walking, cut out or cut down on sugar consumption, cut down on alcohol consumption, increase dietary fibre especially oats, leafy green vegetables and fruit such as apples and oranges and also the consumption of Garlic and onions are beneficial, coming off the conceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy and finding an alternative to beta blockers and thiazide diuretics. Further measures would be to take vitamin Supplements of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, chromium and marine lipids or even follow a vegan diet with plenty of oily fish.

The following Supplements may help if you are suffering from Cholesterol.

Chromium

Fenugreek

Fish Oil tablets

Garlic powder tablets

Marine lipids

Psyllium

Selenium

Soya

Vitamin A

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B5

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

About the author

Stewart Hare C.H.Ed Dip NutTh - Advice for a healthier natural life

http://www.newbeingnutrition.com

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High Blood Pressure Diet Guidelines

December 10th, 2005

It is a well-known fact that heart diseases and excess body weight are related. Obesity, heavy alcohol consumption and lack of activity are the main factors causing High Blood Pressure. Too much body fat leads to an increased risk of health problems through clogging the blood vessels with Cholesterol. That is why the successful treatment of High Blood Pressure starts with following a diet specifically aimed at reducing High Blood Pressure.

If you already have High Blood Pressure, you cannot reverse it to low permanently. Instead, you can control your High Blood Pressure by taking a prescribed medication and amending your diet. Research has shown that a High Blood Pressure diet can effectively prevent blood pressure from rising above normal.

Today, most of our meals still contain more fat than the government recommends, and most of the vending machines and fast-food options do not meet the nutritional standards set by the U.S. government. With fast-food snacks available at every corner, it’s often hard to switch to a healthy diet.

High Blood Pressure diets are designed to decrease sodium, increase potassium, and lessen calories. This way you will maintain a reasonable weight. This diet consists of foods that are delicious and low in fat such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and lean Proteins.

Here are some simple tips to help you follow your High Blood Pressure diet guidelines:

  1. Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast. Eating in the morning will increase your energy and will help you avoid snacks before lunch. A quick breakfast can be as easy as a bowl of cereal, a slice of whole-wheat toast, cereal bar or fresh fruit.

  2. When following your High Blood Pressure diet, your daily food intake must include foods from five food groups:

� Protein: Eat meats that are lower in fat, such as chicken, turkey, tuna, or low-fat luncheon meats. Make salads with a low fat meat or vegetables and light salad dressing.

� Grains: Always try eating a whole wheat version of your favorite bread, be it a loaf, a bagel or a roll.

� Vegetables: Eat tomatoes, peppers, baby carrots and other colorful vegetables as many as you like. The brighter the vegetable, the more Antioxidant vitamin A it contains.

� Fruits: Fruits should be eaten fresh. Fruit has fiber and healthy calories, and you will want to eat less during the day. Juice has fructose which fills up with energy. That�s why juice should become a part of a healthy breakfast along with a cereal.

� Dairy: Try low-fat or non-fat milk, non-fat chocolate milk, and low-fat cheese. Basically, any type of cottage cheese or yogurt goes well with fruit.

If you want to avoid facing complicated and often life-threatening consequences of High Blood Pressure, you may want to ensure that you and your family eat healthy meals that don�t pack on the pounds and raise your Cholesterol.

Emphasizing healthy food choices can help you enjoy your meals without excessive fat, sugar, and calories. Healthy food choices can be a carry-over from healthy menu and meal planning at home while managing your High Blood Pressure with diet.

Switching to a diet without excessive fat and salt and staying fit will help you loose weight and can help prevent or at least delay heart-related problems. Along with monitoring and medication treatment, a High Blood Pressure diet can help control your blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke, kidney and heart failure and Heart Attack.

See your doctor before making any diet or lifestyle changes.

About the author

Kathryn writes articles on a number of different topics. For more information on Blood Pressure please visit Blood Pressure Resources article page

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