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What is GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate)?

Once your doctor observe any markers for kidney disease, he/she will recommend a few tests. One of them will be to determine the GFR. This refers to the amount of fluid filtered per minute by the glomeruli (capillaries or tiny blood vessels in the kidneys).

GFR is an accurate index to measure the kidney function. This can also determine the stage of kidney disease. The normal range varies between 100 – 120 ml/min.

It is also a good practice to use appropriate terms to understand why these tests are performed. It is also important to understand the four main functions of kidneys:

  1. Excretory function – this helps in excretion of waste products and drugs
  2. Regulatory function – this controls body fluid volume and composition
  3. Endocrine function – this produces erythropoietin, renin and prostaglandis
  4. Metabolic function – this metabolizes Vitamin D and small molecular weight proteins

A low GFR is an evidence of serious progressive renal disease. GFR reduces in both acute and chronic renal failure. A reduction of more than 50% in GFR manifests as raised serum urea and creatinine.

To determine GFR, other factors like age, race and gender are taken into consideration. Doctor may ask to measure GFR more than once before an assessment of kidney function is determined.

Even though the GFR test is very useful to determine kidney function, the results may vary in some situations. E.g. age 70 or older and under 18, pregnant, obese, muscular, vegetarian, African descent. These factors affect creatinine generation. In these cases, an additional test with 24 hours urine collection may be more accurate.

Your doctor may suggest some additional tests such as an ultrasound or CT scan to spot any abnormalities in the kidneys such as kidney stones. A kidney biopsy may be suggested to have to examine any abnormalities and disease.

If you are diagnosed with any stage of kidney disease or you are at risk. Please contact us for a safe and natural treatment.

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.