Parish Nurse Notes…Your Kidneys

15% of adults in the US are affected by kidney disease. Surprisingly, most people with kidney disease or reduced kidney function are not even aware of it.

Some signs and symptoms of kidney disease.

Healthy kidneys do three important things: (1) remove wastes from the blood via the urine and return clean blood to the body; (2) regulate levels of water and minerals in the body, and (3) produce hormones that control other body functions.

Review the following signs of kidney disease. It’s  a good idea to consult with a medical professional. Signs of kidney disease include:

  • A burning sensation or other difficulty during urination
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • General fatigue
  • Frequent headaches
  • Itchiness all over
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting
  • Puffiness in the eyes, hands, and feet
  • Severe muscle cramps
  • Swelled or numb hands or feet
  • Urinating more or less frequently than usual
  • Urine that is bloody, cloudy, or tea-colored
  • Urine that foams excessively