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Kidney Diseases, Sexuality and Pregnancy

Individuals with chronic kidney diseases are often concerned with sexuality and having a child. It is not uncommon for a woman with CKD to wonder if she can get pregnant or for a man undergoing dialysis if he can become a father despite his treatment. Additionally, there are birth control questions that need to be discussed, among others.

Let us start with the query if a woman on dialysis can have a child. It is rare for a woman on dialysis to get pregnant. If indeed she gets pregnant she usually has a miscarriage. Most women dialysis patients do not have regular menstrual cycles. However, using erythropoietin (EPO) leads to improvement in some women’s overall health which also increases the chance of pregnancy. A baby is usually conceived after treatments are increased, changes are made in the diet and medications and more frequent visits to the doctor.

A woman’s body changes during pregnancy and adds stress to it. This is true even for healthy women who risk their lives because of pregnancy. A baby’s life is always at risk too at any stage in the pregnancy. However, there is greater risk for women dialysis patients and the unborn child.

Women, especially those who are married, may feel incomplete or sexually incapable, if they are unable to conceive a child. It may even give them a feeling of loss, especially since society expects married couples to have children. In order to cope, women who feel incomplete or depressed should openly communicate her feelings and needs with her partner and / or health care professionals. Perhaps she can also consider other options such as becoming a foster parent.

But it is not only women who get anxious about this issue. Men on dialysis also have the same concern. Can he father a child? The answer is yes, it is possible for a man on dialysis to become a father. Even those who received kidney transplants can become fathers. However, couples who have tried in the last year to conceive a child without success should consult their family doctors. The man may need to have a routine fertility check up.

If a man who has undergone a kidney transplant father a child, then can a woman who underwent the same procedure become pregnant? Fortunately, the answer is a big YES. A woman who went through a kidney transplant has a more regular menstrual cycle and is generally in better health. This makes it easier for her to conceive a baby. However, patients should take note that pregnancy is not recommended until a year after the kidney transplant.

Another concern for women with CKD is birth control. Recommended birth control methods are diaphragm, sponge and condom, especially if they are used with spermicidal creams, foams or jellies. Dialysis patients are recommended to use birth control. The doctor can recommend which birth control type to use to guard against pregnancy. Those with high blood pressure are recommended not to use the pill since it can increase blood pressure. Meanwhile transplant patients are not recommended to use Intrauterine Devices (IUD) since they are more likely to get an infection from IUD use. Anti-rejection drugs taken during dialysis lower the body’s ability to fight infection.

Categories Advice, Health, Kidney Disease, Kundan Kidney Care Centre, Protein, Risk Factors

Kidney Disease – A Global Issue

Kidney disease is a chronic disease spreading at an alarming rate. Statistics show that it is increasing every year at a rate of six to eight percent. Chronic kidney disease is a chronic and progressive disease. The most challenging part of this disease is to have it diagnosed in time to seek a professional advice.

It may take years for the damage to become noticeable. It also known as a silent killer. Chronic kidney disease goes through several stages, with the final stage being end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), also referred as end-stage renal failure (ESRD).

The main cause of this disease is type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Having both can cause a serious damage to the kidneys. The damage to the nephrons is slow and in the early stages does not cause any symptoms.

In some cases, it could be sudden, occurring due to an infection, injury or toxin ingestion.

When the nephrons are damaged, they lose their effectiveness as blood filters and the body is no longer able to get rid of waste products, toxins and water on its own. This starts to build up in the blood.

The buildup of water and waste products called uremia and it causes swelling in hands and feet and fatigue. Untreated uremia could cause loss of mental function, seizure or even coma or death.

Improper kidney function can also cause several other problems. For instance, not regulate blood pressure or essential metabolites and nutrients in the body.

One of the most common consequences of kidney damage is cardiovascular disease. In fact, eventually, most people with kidney damage die because of heart disease. Kidney damage causes fluid to build up in the lining around the heart causing pericardial disease, which is also a common consequence of diabetes.

Because kidney disease does not have symptoms in the early stages, it is important to get annual checkups. A urine test is often the first method that spots the signs of kidney damage, by detecting excess protein in the urine.

If caught early, kidney disease is very treatable. Treatment can help to stop the disease from progressing and causing further damage to your kidneys.

The use of natural remedies in cases of kidney damage can be very effective. Herbs and nutrients have shown to both treat the cause of kidney damage and even reverse kidney damage. When combined with the correct diet and lifestyle changes, the use of natural remedies means that kidney damage does not have to be progressive.

Categories Advice, Kidney Disease, Kundan Kidney Care Centre, Risk Factors

Blood Pressure Symptoms

High blood pressure is one of the most common health problems in the developed world. It’s also one of the most mysterious. In fact, it is often called the silent killer for its ability to strike people dead (in the most extreme cases) without showing any previous symptoms at all. But more often than not, people suffering from high blood pressure exhibit subtle symptoms of it but they often disregard them as something not serious. For this reason they may fail to see a doctor who would have easily diagnosed the condition with the most basic checkup.

It is therefore a good idea to pay attention to any signs of high blood pressure and to take them seriously. But how does one determine that they indeed are suffering from elevated blood pressure? What are the symptoms to look out for?

1. Headaches

Headaches can be an indication of high blood pressure but because they can also be due to many other things such as stress or anxiety many people don’t take them seriously, even if headaches sometimes become extremely painful.

Most of the early warning signs of high blood pressure, such as headaches, can be easily related to the condition: think of the old headache commercials on TV showing a head between a vice… that’s high blood pressure!

2. Fatigue, dizziness or confusion

How could hypertension cause these symptoms? Again, think of the physiology. If you rise quickly and your blood vessels are narrowed (a common feature of high blood pressure) you may not get sufficient blood to your brain, hence the dizziness. Confusion has related causes.

3. Blurred vision

A related symptom, which may often give you an earlier tip-off than blurred vision is sensitivity or tenderness of the eyes to touch. This happens because high blood pressure also increases the pressure within the eyes. This can make them sensitive to touch and, at a later stage, slight distortion of the eyeball due to pressure can actually affect your vision.

4. Noise or buzzing in the ears

This is caused by internal pressure in the ears in a similar way as that which causes vision disturbances.

5. Chest pain and/or nosebleeds

These final symptoms are obvious and alarming. You should consider them advanced warning signs that your blood pressure may be seriously elevated.

All of these symptoms can have many different causes, not just hypertension, and many of them are harmless, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. This is especially true if you begin to notice more than just one or two. The more symptoms you have the stronger the picture that starts to emerge.

Even if you have just one vague symptom or an inner suspicion that you may have high blood pressure it makes good sense to at least get your blood pressure checked. And remember that it’s true that most instances of high blood pressure show no symptoms at all. This is another reason for regular checkups. If left untreated hypertension can lead to other more serious health problems and even sudden death in extreme cases.

Categories Advice, Fitness, Kidney Diet

Seasonal Eating

Eating what is in season is more affordable and supports healthy digestion. This will result in better sleep, mental clarity, calmness, and robust immune system.

Ayurveda acknowledges that nature’s harvest provides and antidote to the dominant qualities of each season.

Understanding the qualities of each season can help you reduce any adverse health effects. Ayurveda divide seasons into three categories instead of four. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Vata Season (Air and Space): This season is associated with late fall and early winter. The weather turns cold, windy and earth becomes dry. This will effect respiration, circulation, muscular action, chewing, blinking etc. you also need to watch out for dry skin, irregular digestion and unpredictable energy depletion.

Suggested Diet:

  • Emphasize on Sweet, Sour and Salty
  • Eat fresh, warm and well-cooked meals
  • Drink many warming liquids to prevent dehydration. This can include hot herbal teas
  • Eat Avocados, bananas, root vegetables, milk, ghee, fresh yogurt, eggs, nuts, seeds and lean meats
  • Favor additions like squeeze of lemon or lime juice, a splash of vinegar, a cheese slice or sour cream
  • Green grapes, oranges, pineapple and grapefruit are also helpful
  • Salt stimulates the appetite and digestion. It is a good idea to use sea salt or natural mineral salt over the common table salt.

Minimize:

  • Minimize Pungent, Bitter and Astringent
  • Chilies, radishes, turnips, raw onions
  • Kale, bitter melon, burdock roots, eggplant and chocolate
  • Keep your internal fire kindled. Eat warm, moist foods like, stews, soups and avoid salads and cold snacks.

Kapha Season (Water and Earth): This season extends from winter days to early spring.

Suggested Diet:

  • Here we switch to Pungent, Bitter and Astringent
  • Use spices like turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, ginger
  • Apples, Cherries, lemons, peaches, pears, cranberries
  • Artichoke, asparagus, beets, bitter melon, cabbage, carrots, celery, eggplant, kale, lettuce etc.

Minimize:

  • Minimize sweet, sour and salty
  • Avoid bananas, cantaloupe, coconut, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, papaya, watermelon etc.
  • Avoid zucchini, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, avocado, cucumber

Pitta Season (Fire and Water):  This season extends from spring to autumn. This dosa is pacified with astringent, bitter and sweet tastes while salty, sour and pungent tastes aggravate it. When you understand such tastes, you can make better food choices.

Suggested Diet:

  • Try to have a combination of carbohydrate-rich, grounding, cooling and fresh foods.
  • Prefer having cool foods over hot or warm foods.
  • Light and nourishing foods should be preferred over heavy or dense foods.
  • Have dry food items over liquid.
  • Fresh juices and other mild drinks are more preferable over caffeine based or alcohol based drinks.
  • Focus on sweet foods such as fresh yogurt, ghee, root vegetables, squashes etc.
  • Bitter tasting foods such as dark chocolate, Jerusalem artichokes, bitter melon and spices such as turmeric, saffron, neem leaves and cumin should be consumed.
  • Astringent foods are preferable, given that these can curb the tendency of the pitta to absorb excess fluid and sweat, prevent diarrhea, avoid bleeding disorders, tone tissues and curb pitta from spreading.

Minimize:

  • Avoid having too much sugary sweet foods or refined sugar. Try to eat foods that are naturally sweet.
  • Minimize pungent foods such as raw onions, turnips, radishes, chilies and particularly spices of a heating nature, as excessive pungent taste can lead to inflammation, dizziness, bleeding etc.
  • Avoid sour foods such as grapefruit, pineapple, green grapes, sour cream, hard cheeses etc that can disturb the blood, cause burning sensations in heart, lead to pus in wounds etc.
  • Avoid having too salty foods as these can disturb the balance of blood, aggravate the skin, raise heat and more.

In Ayurveda, a year is divided into 3 seasons depending on the doshas or the elemental forces that are predominant. Kapha, Pitta, and Vata are the 3 doshas that display the 5 elements in varied amounts:

  • Earth
  • Water
  • Fire
  • Air
  • Space

Once the doshas are balanced, a condition that is known as “Sattva”, one can enjoy optimal health. According to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical treatise, an imbalance of any element or in any particular area, can be corrected by application of the opposite. It always recommends a counterbalancing approach in life in order to prevent any imbalance – such as balancing warmth with cold and vice versa. Ayurveda has a sloka (writing) that mentions “A Food is a Medicine When Consumed Properly”. When foods that are suited uniquely to individual psychology are consumed, and a lifestyle based on sattva is supported, digestion is improved and there is full benefit for health.

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Choose the Right Treatment for a Healthy Life

Healthy kidneys are responsible for performing many functions. They keep your whole body in balance. They remove waste products and extra water from your body, help make red blood cells, and help control blood pressure. Kidney failure, also known as end-stage kidney disease, is a medical condition in which the kidneys no longer work.

There are many treatments available to cure this, but ayurvedic treatment for kidney failure is the most preferred. This is because the herbs used are all natural and do not cause any adverse affect instead make the patient healthy.

When Is The Treatment Required?

Your healthcare doctor helps you decide when is the best time to start treatment. The decision is taken on the basis of your symptoms, other health-related issues, your stage of kidney disease and your nutritional health. Although this decision might seem to be stressful, yet it is recommended to learn thoroughly about the option you would go for.

Ask your healthcare team to help you choose a treatment plan that’s right for you will help you and your family feel better prepared to make this difficult decision. Each option has different advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to learn as much as possible. But if you are in the starting stage, Ayurvedic treatment for kidney damage is strongly recommended. This is because it slows down the damage to your kidneys, and with time, it may return kidney function to normal. But if the kidneys fail completely, the only treatment options available may be dialysis or kidney transplantation.

Treatments Available For Kidney Failure

Hemodialysis – In this treatment of kidney failure, wastes and extra fluid are removed from your blood. It can be done at home or at a dialysis center. In this process, the blood is pumped to a dialysis machine through soft tubes where it undergoes sterilization or cleaning through a special filter called a dialyzer. Once the blood is filtered, it is returned again to your bloodstream.

Peritoneal Dialysis – In this process, the blood is cleaned inside your body and not outside. The lining of your abdomen acts as a natural filter. A cleansing solution is made to flow into your abdomen through a soft tube called a PD Catheter. Wastes and extra fluid pass from your blood into the cleansing solution. This is a home-based treatment and can be done anywhere.

Ayurvedic Treatment – If your kidney damage is at the starting stage, then go for Ayurvedic treatment for kidney damage. The herbs used in the Ayurvedic supplements are carefully chosen and are free of any chemicals, steroids and metals. The herbal products are safe and have no known side effects. You can take them with your prescribed Allopathic medicines.

How Do I Know Which Treatment I Should Go For?

As your life changes over time, so may your treatment. You can cure your kidney damage by relying on Ayurvedic treatment for kidney failure. Our Ayurvedic treatment has so far proved to be effective in helping the patients lead a normal life.

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Healthy Diet – Key To Successful Treatment For CKD

You may need to change your diet and your respective eating habits to manage your chronic kidney disease (CKD). While seeking treatment for kidney disease, ask your dietitian to develop a meal plan that includes foods that you enjoy eating but at the same time, they do not cause any adverse effect on your kidneys.

Choose & Prepare Foods with Less Salt & Sodium – This is because such foods help you control your blood pressure. Each day in your diet you should consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

• Always buy fresh foods. Many packaged foods that you buy at the supermarkets or at restaurants contain sodium.

• Cook foods from scratch instead of eating prepared foods, “fast” foods, frozen dinners, and canned foods for they have higher sodium content.

• When you prepare the food on your own, you keep a check over the ingredients and vegetables and other things.

• In place of salt, try to use spices, herbs, and sodium-free seasonings. Check for sodium on the Nutrition Facts label of food packages.

• In case of frozen dinners and other convenience foods, select those foods that have lower-sodium versions. Thoroughly rinse canned vegetables, beans, meats, and fish with water before eating.

Eat the Right Quantity and Right Type of Proteins – This is to protect your kidneys from disease. When your body uses protein, it produces waste. Kidneys help in removal of this waste. If you happen to eat more protein, your kidneys will have to work all the harder.

• Eat small portion of protein-based foods

• Protein is found in foods from plants and animals. Most people eat both types of plant and animal-based protein

Choose Foods & Drinks with Less Phosphorous – A check on phosphorous will help in the protection of bones and blood vessels. When the person suffers from CKD, phosphorus gets build up in the blood. Too much phosphorus in your blood pulls calcium from your bones, making your bones thin, weak, and more likely to break. On the other hand, high level of phosphorous in your blood can cause itchy skin, and bone and joint pain.

• Many packaged foods contain a remarkable amount of phosphorus

• Deli meats and some fresh meat and poultry can have added phosphorus

Choose Foods With Right Amount of Potassium – This is because it will help your nerves and muscles to work the right way. When the blood potassium level is either too low or high, it can lead to problems. Damaged kidneys allow potassium to build up in your blood, which can result in serious heart problems. Always select food and drinks that lower the potassium level.

• Salt substitutes can be very high in potassium

• Rinse and drain canned fruits and vegetables before eating

Diet and nutrition play a very vital role in well-being of those suffering from kidney disease. As your kidney disease progresses, your dietary needs are likely to undergo change as well. The main purpose of the diet is to maintain the levels of electrolytes, minerals, and fluid in your body when you’re seeking treatment for kidney disease or when you are on dialysis.