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Kidney Disease: Understanding, Prevention, & Support

Hospice Nurse for Terminally Ill

Empower yourself with essential knowledge and support for kidney health management.


Information about Kidney Disease


What is kidney disease?

Kidney disease can negatively impact your body’s ability to clean your blood. Kidney disease typically impacts that along with the filtering of water out of blood, impact red blood cell production, and the control of blood pressure.


What causes kidney disease?

There are a variety of factors that can cause kidney disease. A few factors which can cause kidney disease to develop is when the body does not send enough blood flow to the kidneys, damage of the kidneys, or urine backing up in the kidneys. Another possible cause of kidney disease can be type 1 and 2 diabetes, because of the high blood sugar levels negatively impacting the kidneys. The prolonged use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen can also cause damage to the kidneys. Lastly, the over consumption of alcohol can cause the kidneys to work harder and cause damage over time.


What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea/ Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Sleeping problems
  • Swelling in feet/ ankles
  • Metallic taste in mouth


How to prevent kidney disease?

Managing diabetes and high blood pressure because those are the main causes of kidney disease. Eating a healthy, well-rounded diet and exercising regularly. Maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol use, and do not smoke. Even though kidney disease can be deadly, it is important to remember that the kidneys are very adaptable and can compensate for the problems that may happen when you have kidney disease.


Resources for individuals with kidney disease?

If you or a loved one has kidney disease, there are a variety of resources that range from dialysis, treatment plans, kidney transplants, informative articles, and in-home care to make life as enjoyable as possible. One resource that is full of information regarding kidney disease management is The National Kidney Foundation. The National Kidney Foundation offers resources for dialysis, transplant, prescription assistance, financial resources, and other kidney organizations to give everyone access to all beneficial information. If non-medical home care is needed, there are also A-1 Home Care Agency. A-1 Home Care Agency specializes in caregiving, at home care, and choosing the perfect caregiver for each individual, at home. The home care assistance services they provide are senior care, respite care, in-home care services, round-the-clock care, after surgery care, memory care, hospice care and more for elderly, senior, disabled and terminally ill patients. If you or a loved one is interested in finding a care provider, call (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800.