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What can I do about early stages of kidney damage

By Anonymous October 25, 2009 - 7:39am
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I am a type 1 insulin dependent debetic with chronic renal melifications, obstuctral pulmonary disease
chronic lower back pain, degenerated disk disease neck & shoulder stuffiness, mucsel pain in legs and

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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you have many health conditions occurring at the same time, and the most important question-- do you feel that you have a good arsenal of health care providers helping you? If so, what has been recommended by your doctors (and others) to help treat your conditions?

To specifically answer your question about kidney disease:
" Although chronic kidney disease cannot be cured, it is possible to slow the damage to the kidney in most patients. Your doctor may recommend any of the following:
* Controlling protein in the urine through restricting the amount of protein in the diet or medication
* Taking ACE inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor antagonists to slow the progression to chronic renal failure
* Reducing the use of and the dosages of potentially renal toxic drugs
* Managing the complications of chronic renal disease (eg, fluid overload, high blood phosphate or potassium levels, low blood level of calcium, and anemia)
* Lowering high blood pressure
* Controlling blood sugar and lipid levels
* Staying hydrated
* Controlling salt in the diet
* Quitting smoking
* Undergoing dialysis , a medical process that cleans the blood
* Having a kidney transplant
* Counseling for you and your family about dialysis and/or transplant options"

Can you provide us with more information---what have you already done to reduce your risks for disease progression, as well as what do you still need help with achieving (from the list above)?

October 25, 2009 - 7:43am
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