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How long can you live with chronic kidney disease and what is the percentage successful transplant?

Chronic kidney disease alot of people of them but dont realize it how long can live with the disease of you slow the progression down and what is the successful transplant rate

Normal GFR is between 90 and 100. Over the age of 40, everybody's GFR reduces by 1 point each year. When GFR gets below 15, a person receives dialysis. Kidney disease can be treated with careful attention to diet, usually a low protein diet. GFR can be improved by as much as 10 points by changing to a vegetarian diet. Soy protein is good for kidney function. There are many internet sites which provide information regarding vegetarian diets etc for kidney disease. There are also various natural supplements that improve kidney function, Co-enzyme Q10 for example. As to how long you can live with kidney disease, it depends what caused it in the first place. In some cases people can live for quite a number of years before needing dialysis or transplant.
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How to know if chronic kidney disease is getting worse?

I was recently diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease and see my nephrologist every 6 months for blood work and check-ups. She said to come back earlier (next appt. is in March 2010) if I start feeling worse, but I'm not exactly sure what that means. I have been more tired and urinating alot more lately, but I'm not sure if that is considered "feeling worse"?

Is there any way that I can test my GFR at home first?

You are lucky to have caught this problem so early! First of all, for as much as doctor's visits cost, your doctor should let you call in and ask her what exactly she meant by that. Hopefully she is a kind person and discusses this with you over teh phone. If not;

You can't really test your GFR at home since it requires Techetium-99m DTPA to be injected into your veins and then multiple blood draws. However, there are other things to watch for. For example, blood int eh urine is NEVER ok! If you ever see blood inyour urine it means that the permeability of your kidneys has increased enough to let in blood cells. This is very serious and you should call your doctor immediately.

When you say you been urinating a lot more, this could be good. If it is more in volume then it is a good thing but it is only more in frequency (and not volume) then it is not good.

So, any blood in your urine, pain when urinating, or cramps before or after urinating are signs that you shuold go in earlier.  (+ info)

What point would a diabetic have kidney failure?

I'm taking care of a 55 year old diabetic, and the doctors keep telling him, if his glucose reading is 250 or over, thal lead to kidney failure. Another doctore said over 500. Whose right?

Both of them. Some diabetics develop kidney disease with readings around 250, while others don't until they hit 500+. Why? I don't know. Isolated readings 250+ are not going to cause kidney failure or kidney disease right off the bat. The real concern is if his blood sugar is *consistently* that high for a long period of time. Some doctors believe organ damage occurs when blood sugar remains over 180 for a while. Whichever high number you pick, his body could give out in the next few months, few years or perhaps never. I know a diabetic man who's in his late 50s and he aims for blood sugar in the 200s. He thinks that's "good." He has so many diabetic complications--near blindness, severe neuropathy, and heart disease--but his kidneys are actually fine. I've known other diabetics who stayed in the 300s for a while and developed kidney disease. I can't explain why. Every body responds differently to a disease, I guess.  (+ info)

Is there any support groups for kidney failure where someone actually went through it?

I have an Aunt who has kidney failure and is waiting to have her last kidney replaced. She has been looking for other people who might want to share their experiances about their own kidney transplants. Any information would help ease her tension.

The AAKP (American Association of Kidney Patients) has a free magazine and free online newsletter that include inspirational stories from other kidney patients. It also includes dietary tips and other medical information for kidney patients with or without diabetes. I wish your aunt well. :-)  (+ info)

How exactly does high blood pressure cause kidney failure?

I heard that it can cause Kidney failure. How and why? What does our blood pressure have to do with the kidney's? All I know is that our kidneys filter out toxins and if they don't filter out properly that can cause high blood pressure. but other then that I don't know.

The Kidneys contain a part called the Glomerulus that is the filter part of the kidney it is made up of thousands of microscopic blood vessels like capillaries. When you B/P is to high or stays slightly high for to long it strains these tiny blood vessels and causes then to weaken and be damaged before there time. This is why if you have hypertension you will be put on B/P meds to help save you kidneys or at least make them last longer.

Also heres a link to a picture of the inside structure of the kidney, notice all those blood vessels in there, that's why high B/P messes up your kidneys.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KidneyStructures_PioM.svg  (+ info)

How do I know if my dog is in kidney failure?

I took my dog to the vet today because he hasn't eaten and he had become very lethargic and couldn't keep anything down. The vet said he has diabetes and he doesn't know how much damage is already done to his kidneys. He got his first insulin shot tonight, and now he is throwing up what looks like blood. Is it possible that this is from kidney failure?

Get another vet. the vet should be able to do a blood test to see if your dog's readings are normal or elevated.

Good Luck to you and your pup, get to a good vet asap  (+ info)

Can I have another child after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease?

I am 22 with two children and was just diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease. My husband and I would like to have one more child down the road but I can't find any info on this. I of course will ask my nephrologist when I see her next but thought I'd get some answers on here until then.

Thanks in advance!

Chronic kidney disease probably requires medication -- correct? You need to find out if there is such a medication which is compatible with pregnancy. If you don't want to wait until you can talk to a doctor, try calling a 24-hour pharmacy and asking a pharmacist.  (+ info)

How often does kidney function return if you suffered from acute renal failure?

Just wondering if any doctors out there happen to know...I suffered from kidney failure about 3 years ago from e coli and luckily my renal function returned (its not perfect but pretty good), but how often does kidney function NOT come back? (I take immunosuppresants for lupus nephritis and was wondering if it happened again I might not be so lucky...)

My wife's has returned to normal twice after extreme renal failure due to Lupus Nephritis. Currently her renal function is normal. She is still taking immuno supressants (Myfortic - time released Cellcept). I'm sure you were given Cytoxan in the hospital. This medication seems to help greatly in returning the kidney's to normal function. Your kidneys are damaged due to nephritis which means swelling. If caught in time and treated quickly the swelling can be decreased before any permanent damage occurs. This is why it is important to see your nephrologist regularly.  (+ info)

How long does it take for the body to shut down after kidney failure?

My grandmother had a massive stroke about two weeks ago, had a heart attack today, now has pneumonia and is in kidney failure. The doctors will give us very little information. How long will it be before her body completly shuts down?

There is no set time for dying. She will die when she is ready to go, same as all of us. It also depends on how much fluids and types of fluids going into her and if she is having dialysis. If she is having dialysis, then that will take the toxins out of the body.

Just keep talking to her, holding her hand and telling her how much you love her and maybe tell her stories about thing that you remember about her from the past...happy times. The hearing is the last thing to go, so don't allow any negative talk nearby where she can hear you talking about her dying, etc.

And pray for her.  (+ info)

What can be done to help kidney failure?

My brother in law has just been told he has kidney failure.The doctor told him he is at number 29. He said he was not told what to eat or not eat. He is not to drink tea or coffee.
Does anyone has any ideas or help?

Kidney function is essential in dealing with the waste material from digested food and the working body. As kidney function worsens, it may be necessary to alter diet to reduce the problems caused by these substances accumulating. Control of diet is also necessary in patients on dialysis (see other sections linked from the Diet Home page), as dialysis only partly replaces kidney function. Finally, some patients with advanced kidney disease lose their appetite and risk becoming undernourished.


In the past a low protein diet was often recommended to slow down the steady deterioration of kidney function that occurs in some patients. We don't do this any more, instead recommending a moderate protein diet (not low, not high; 0.8-1g protein per kg of ideal body weight, if you like measuring).

Why not low protein?

•Modern treatments, especially improved blood pressure treatments, have made any extra benefit from low protein diets much smaller.
•Low protein diets don't taste good, and this may lead you to go short on calories too.
•There is a significant risk of long-term malnutrition in those on low-protein diets

Why not high protein?

•High protein intake in CKD makes the body more acid, and this can lead to increased muscle breakdown.
•High protein intake means high phosphate intake too (see below)
•In animals and probably humans, large amounts of protein may damage kidneys

Supplements and high protein diets may be harmful if you have CKD

•Don't follow the Atkins diet or other high-protein diets for weight loss if you have CKD.
•Don't take protein supplements unless a renal dietitian agrees you need them
•Don't take creatine or similar supplements for muscle development.

Sometimes low protein diets are useful

In patients who do not want dialysis, or cannot have it for some reason, low protein diets may cut down symptoms, but should be monitored by a renal dietitian.

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