About Kidney Stones

What You Need to Know About Kidney Stones

Approximately 10% of the US population will develop kidney stones, and half of these will have recurrent disease. There are several different types of kidney stones; however, 80% of kidney stones contain calcium. Have you ever wondered about kidney stones, and whether you might have one? About Kidney Stones: Risk Factors The risk factors for developing a kidney stone include: …

Kidney Transplant Process

How the Kidney Transplant Process Works

A kidney transplant is the preferred treatment for End-Stage Kidney Disease. The benefits include an improved life expectancy and better quality of life. The kidney transplant process also provides a significant cost savings to the healthcare system compared to a person on dialysis. Unfortunately, the demand is very high and many people end up waiting for years to receive a …

How do we measure kidney function?

How Do We Measure Kidney Function?

The kidney has many functions as it removes waste, maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, and regulates body pH. The GFR, or glomerular filtration rate, measures the total for filtration rate of the 1 million nephrons in each kidney. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to detect early loss of kidney function from GFR alone because it often remains unaffected at this stage. Patients …

Major Organs Affected by High Blood Pressure

5 Major Organs Affected by High Blood Pressure

We’ve all heard that high blood pressure is dangerous for your health. But why and how? What does it actually do to your body when your heart must work harder to pump blood effectively? Unfortunately, the consequences are not just confined to the heart. There are several major organs affected by high blood pressure.  #1 The Eyes Hypertension over long periods …

What Medications are Harmful to My Kidney?

What Medications are Harmful to My Kidneys?

Have you considered how the body processes different types of medications? Several of the medications that we take are filtered through the kidneys. The kidney receives 20% of the blood supply from the heart, and blood flow within the kidney itself is very high. As a result of this blood flow the kidneys are vulnerable to drug-related toxicity. So this …

How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys

How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys

Although not all people with diabetes will experience kidney problems, having the disease does present a serious risk for developing diabetic nephropathy. That’s because diabetes creates complications that may affect your kidneys’ ability to do their job effectively. In fact, diabetes mellitus is the number one cause of chronic kidney disease in the US. Detecting if Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys …

Survival Rates for ESKD Patients on Dialysis

Survival Rates for ESRD Patients on Dialysis

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or kidney failure, occurs when the kidneys progressively stop working. Many patients with ESRD are on dialysis to supplement  the ‘normal functioning kidneys’.  The dialysis treatment itself exposes the patient to many risks however these patients are also at high risk for Cardiovascular disease, Hypertension, Bone disorders including osteoporosis, electrolytes abnormalities and many, many other …