Chronic Kidney Disease affects up to 1 in 10 of the population, but up to 90% of people don’t know they have it. Here, we explore our baker’s dozen of signs that you might have kidney disease.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) can cause many complications, including: anaemia, excessive potassium levels, weak bones leading to fractures, pregnancy complications causing problems for the expectant mother and unborn foetus, and a higher risk of infection.
It is for that reason that kidney function is monitored if you have been diagnosed with CKD, and that you are tested annually for CKD if you are in an at-risk group. Kidney function can be assessed with a simple blood test.
At risk-groups include:
- Over 60s
- People with high blood pressure
- People with family history
- Are from a population with a higher risk, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.Damaged kidneys no longer filter all the extra fluid. This then builds up in your body. Be especially aware of swelling feet, ankles (especially swelling that stops you fitting your shoes) and puffiness around your eyes (especially when you first wake up).Uraemia (where waste products are unable to be excreted and collect in your body) is one of the leading causes of nausea and vomiting