Sep 27, 2021
In order to determine why someone has developed chronic kidney disease, a healthcare provider will go over their complete medical history and may run some tests. Determining what led to the kidney disease is important because the type of treatment the patient receives could be affected due to what caused the chronic kidney disease. The most common causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are diabetes and high blood pressure.
Diabetic Kidney Disease is the medical term for kidney disease caused by diabetes. If there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood it damages the kidneys’ filters. Over time the kidneys become so damaged they are unable to effectively filter the waste and extra fluid from the blood.
One of the first signs of Diabetic Kidney Disease is protein in the urine. A protein called albumin passes out of the blood and into the urine when the kidneys filters are damaged. Albumin is an important protein needed to stay healthy. An undamaged and healthy kidney does not let albumin pass from the blood into urine and out of the body.
High blood pressure damages the blood vessels in the kidneys. This causes them to not work as well to remove wastes and extra fluids from the body; in turn, the extra fluids that build up in the blood vessels may then cause the blood pressure to rise even higher. This is quite a dangerous cycle for the body to endure.
Monica McCarthy has bachelors in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Central Washington University. A majority of her career was spent as a political consultant. She currently works at KidneyLuv as a staff writer.
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