Chronic kidney disease is an example of why I say, everybody should know their blood pressure and their blood sugar even better than they know their height and weight. Height and weight, do not tell the inner story of our health status. Elevated blood pressure (1/3 adults have high blood pressure) and blood sugar are easily measured biomarkers indicating medical attention and lifestyle modifications are necessary immediately. CKD is an unfortunate fallout of unchecked biomarkers. According to the American Kidney Fund, heredity is considered to be only 2% of kidney disease. Very safe to say, lifestyle is the major contributing factor.
Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States.
An estimated 31 million people, or about 10% of the adult population, have CKD. Although breast cancer and prostate cancer are more common, CKD kills more people than the 2 cancers combined.
9 out of 10 people who have stage 3 CKD (moderately decreased kidney function) are still unaware they have CKD. Interestingly it is more common in women, but men are more likely to suffer kidney failure.
Measuring kidney function –
Take a look at your blood tests – and if you don’t have copies of your blood labs – always get them from your doctor. The main indicator of kidney function is your blood level of creatinine. A waste product of the body produced by muscles and excreted by the kidneys. If kidney function is reduced, creatinine accumulates in the blood, leading to an elevated level which will be reflected in your blood tests.
Kidney function is measured by GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate), which measures the blood filtration rate by kidneys. This indicator allows doctors to determine if the kidney function is normal, or by what level kidney function has been reduced.
What do our kidneys do?
- Filter toxins and excess water from the blood for excretion as urine
- Maintain overall fluid and mineral balance in the body
- Regulate the body’s salt, potassium, and acid content- balancing electrolytes
- Help regulate blood pressure
- Create a hormone that helps to produce red blood cells
- Produce a form of Vitamin D that promotes bone health
- Maintain a normal gastrointestinal biome, a balance of the trillions of bacteria living in our colon that are responsible for a strong immune system
Now the unknown killer, and cause of CKD –
As it is the underlying contributor to all of our chronic illnesses, Oxidative Stress (OS). OS is at the root of all of our chronic illnesses including cancers, heart disease, arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s, neurodegenerative disorders… Oxidative stress happens from our daily lives – from hundreds of exposures in our life, both known and unknown exposures. Think of OS as a kind of “rusting” that happens inside, causing chronic inflammation until it actually alters our DNA. All of these lifestyle habits we speak about watching: body fat, alcohol, smoking, nutrition, physical activity – contribute to our redox level – the net level of OS in our body.
Reducing OS is critical to every aspect of managing our health. According to Dr. Michael Fisher, author of “Surviving Kidney Disease True Stories of Love, Courage, Hope, and Heroism… And a Roadmap for Prevention, ” in a recent interview shared the incredible growing success of kidney transplants as often the best cure for kidney disease. Improved surgical procedures and anti-rejection medications have improved success rates dramatically.
Shira Litwack, Chronic Care Recovery Provider, Corporate Health Specialist, Health Tech Integration
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