Kidneys are known for filtering and detoxifying the body, but actually the role of the kidney is much more than that. So keeping the "water purifier" healthy will help prevent the risk of complications such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

Functions of the kidneys in the body

Balancing the amount of water in the body, discard excess water and dissolved wastes through urine..

  • Hematopoiesis, so if patients with severe kidney failure will be anemic.
  • Regulating calcium and phosphorus metabolism to protect the body healthy.
  • Adjusting blood pressure, kidney failure causes blood pressure to rise, sometimes uncontrollably.

Kidneys work continuously with high intensity every day to help the body balance water and solutes but kidney disease progresses very quietly. Patients only detect abnormal when severe renal impairment. Therefore, in order to have a healthy kidney, the necessary job is to have regular health screenings for proper prevention and treatment measures.

Kidneys play a very important role in the body.

How is acute kidney failure and chronic kidney disease?

Acute renal failure occurs shortly, can recover. Therefore, if patients come to the hospital early, the doctors urgently treat the right amount and give the full medicines, they can recover completely.

Once diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, the disease will never last. It is important to keep the kidney from getting worse, or taking one step back. Even kidney transplantation is considered chronic kidney disease.

What do we need to do protect our kidneys?

According to Dr Le Ngoc Tran, Level I Specialist, Internal Medicine - Dialysis City International Hospital, normally patients are less concerned about the health care of the kidneys, only when holding the results of diagnosis of kidney disease, the treatment has been becomes more expensive and takes longer to process.

To prevent kidney disease we need to eat science, have a healthy lifestyle, exercise our body by exercising daily.

When the level of illness in the middle stage requires a bit more physical exertion such as housework, brisk walking, gardening ... or more vigorous exercise like playing sports. However, depending on the degree or organ failure, the doctor has instructed the appropriate level of movement and especially must follow the instructions of the doctor.

About nutrition, need to drink enough water, at least 1.5 to 02 liters per day, depending on the location of each person. If the cold weather can reduce the amount of water, but with hot weather, exercise and work more outdoors, you should add more water than normal.

In addition, Dr. Tran recommends, should minimize alcohol use and stop smoking. Just by stopping smoking has greatly reduced many diseases, especially lung disease, stroke, myocardial infarction, brain stroke.

Notice to patients with background disease, chronic disease

If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc., you should see your doctor regularly and follow your doctor's treatment. Because the biggest causes of kidney disease are hypertension and diabetes.

For healthy people who do not have the disease, but if someone in the family has chronic kidney disease, it is also necessary to have regular health screenings every year.

Dr. Tran stressed that during treatment, patients should take the doctor's prescription medication, do not arbitrarily change other drugs as well as use functional foods, oriental medicine according to word of mouth. In addition, patients should pay attention to the time, dosage and re-examination prescribed by a doctor.

Dr Le Ngoc Tran, Level I Specialist, Hemodialysis Center, City International Hospital 

Routine Health Checkup and Screening 

Everyone should have regular checkups, as the disease has no age limit. With the kidneys, the tests are also very simple including: blood test, ultrasound, urine test ... Patients can identify kidney disease through the signs:

  • Blood pressure increases.
  • Symptoms of edema: eyelid edema, edema of the face, clear when waking up in the morning.
  • Swelling of the arms and legs, worse, bloating because of fluid retention in the abdomen, cough, shortness of breath due to water in the lungs, in the pericardium.
  • If the disease lasts longer, the disease will have symptoms of anemia, anorexia, insomnia affecting the quality of daily life.

Actual manifestation of kidney disease is often unclear, can be confused with other diseases because hypertension, edema, fatigue ... are also the risk of other diseases. Therefore, for an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, patients should go to the hospital to be examined by a doctor.

Examination of the Renal System at City International Hospital 

Physicians and Specialists in Internal Medicine and  Dialysis at City International Hospital has many years of experience in examination and treatment of kidney and artificial kidney diseases such as: diabetic kidney, renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, infection urine, hematuria, examination edema. In addition, the hospital's Dialysis Center doctors specialize in nutrition, advocacy for patients who need Dialysis, Hemodialysis and plan long-term effective treatment for patients.

Exam time: Monday - Friday Morning (07:30 – 11:30).

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