Kidney disease also called as a “Silent Disease”, is an indicator that there is something wrong in your kidney. Because of lack of symptoms, people don’t discover that they have the disease until it turned chronic. There are early warning signs we people tend to ignore.
Our kidneys are responsible for regulating the acid content, potassium, and salt content. One of its function is waste removal, producing vitamin D and balancing the body’s fluids. Kidneys produce hormones that regulate the metabolization of calcium and controls blood pressure, according to the National Kidney Foundation.
But what are the early warning signs of kidney disease?
1. Change in urination
The most obvious sign of kidney disease is a change in the habits of urination. A major change such as less urine, urinating more often, change in color, foam, smell, pain, or blood in urine, can all indicate an issue with the kidneys.
2. Protein in urine
If you see any blood present in your urine, it is important to get a check-up right away. Protein leaked in your urine along with blood cells in an indication of kidney damage.
3. Lower back pain
One early warning signs of kidney disease are lower back pain below your rib cage or even on the sides.
Other symptoms you should be aware of aside from those mentioned above are as follow:
- Change in the taste of food
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty to think clearly
- Metallic taste
- Itchiness or rash.
Anemia might also be one of the early warning signs of kidney disease. Be aware that similar symptoms of a urinary tract infection can be an indication of kidney disease.
Your best plan of action is to monitor your condition carefully by having a regular check-up and following your doctor’s instructions for a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to call a physician right away if you notice any sudden changes in symptoms.
Source: National Kidney Foundation