Reverse Kidney Disease -Medicine Abuse
Our kidneys can take a lot of abuse, and we often neglect them with a careless lifestyle, stress, and bad diet, plus, the misuse of medications.
Kidney disease is hard to detect in its early stages. You can lose up to 80%
of your kidney function, with very little symptoms. When it it goes down to 15%, then you will begin to notice some serious health issues.
If you feel like you may be experiencing some problems with your kidneys, see your doctor as soon as possible.
Early detection is very important. Once you lose your kidney function, it is almost impossible to reverse the kidney disease.
You can slow down, or many times stop any further damage with the help of your doctor.
Both prescription and OTC medications can have serious side effects, and often cause more damage to a diseased kidney. If you suspect, or have been diagnosed with kidney disease, be sure to read all labels and warnings on the medications you take. You should discuss these issues with your doctor, but, do your own diligent research.
Two conditions that can cause kidney problems are diabetes and anemia. The medications you may be taking for these problems could possibly cause more damage to your kidneys. You should look into other alternative medications that are available.
If you suspect kidney problems, make an appointment with your doctor, and take a list ALL medications you are taking with you to your doctors visit. Be sure to write down any supplements, vitamins, minerals and any type of medication you a using.
Do Not take any over-the-counter medications until you check with your doctor.
Drugs to be Aware of – Any questions you have and possible mistakes can be avoided. You are dealing with a serious condition if you have kidney disease, and it is often hard to treat. Don’t add to the problems by being careless with your medications.
Three categories of potential dangerous drugs, additives, and supplements are:
1. Prescription medicines.
2. Over the counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements.
3. Additives in food, and food supplements.
Prescription Drugs- Anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drugs are the two main culprits. Be sure you understand the effects these drugs can have on your kidneys.
Two websites where you can find valuable information are, www.drugs.com and www.rxlist.com. It is best that you personally stay up to date about your medicines so you can discuss them with your health care professional.
Over-The-Counter Medications – The most popular anti-inflammatory, non-steroidal, OTC drugs are, Advel, Aleve, and Motrin. Stay away from these drugs if possible. There are some natural alternatives that work just as well, without the side effects.
If you use buffered aspirin and take several doses daily, you will do serious damage to your kidneys.
Some vitamins, such as Vitamin C can create problems for kidney disease suffers. Vitamin C is necessary for good health, but, if taken in large doses, it may cause calcium kidney stones if your kidneys are already damaged.
Food Additives and Supplements – Body builders and athletics will often use supplements that contain high amounts of protein, creatine, and caffeine. These may have a negative effect on your kidneys. If your kidneys are not working properly, they have a hard time of getting rid of the excess proteins and creatine.
If you are a parent, you need to carefully watch the kinds of foods and drinks or supplements your child consumes. Many young people are impatient, and will sometimes use harmful methods to enhance their body features, without the parents knowledge.
These practices can lead to severe damage to their kidneys and decrease renal function.
Be pro-active in your child’s life and eating habits. The number one problem I am aware of nowadays is caffeine laden energy drinks. One or two may not do much harm, but, many young, as well as adults consume several a day.
The best way to increase your energy is proper exercise, rest, and a good balanced diet.
Creatine – Normally functioning kidneys get rid of the excess creatine by changing it to creatinine, and flushing it out of your body. Diseased kidneys cannot get rid of this waste material, causing the them to suffer more damage and lose more of their ability to function.
Salt – Kidney patients will need to severely limit their use of salt. Use it sparingly when cooking, and do not add extra salt after the food is cooked.
In Conclusion – Always discuss your treatment plan with your doctor. Be sure he is aware of everything your are doing in your exercise, diet, habits, etc.
Make sure you fully understand what your doctor is doing, about any medicines he prescribes, any foods he may tell you to eat or not to eat.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The only dumb question is the one not asked.