The Warning Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Disease

Mar 24, 2020

Who is at Risk for CKD?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48% of people who have severely reduced kidney function and are not on dialysis are not aware that they have chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The good news is, not all patients with CKD will have kidney failure. However, it’s critical to know the risk factors of developing CKD, as well as the warning signs and symptoms, so that you can do everything possible to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible. Here’s what you need to know:

Risk Factors

Some of the most common risk factors of developing CKD are:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Family history of CKD
  • Obesity

Warning Signs and Symptoms

In its early stages, CKD may have few symptoms. However, if you have any of the risk factors listed above, speak to your doctor about monitoring and testing for CKD early and often.

When symptoms occur, these are the most common:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Increased fatigue
  • Increased weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Twitching muscles
  • Poor appetite
  • Itching
  • Trouble sleeping
  • A decline in mental acuity
  • Changes in urine flow or foamy urine
  • Metallic taste in the mouth

If you experience any of the above symptoms, speak with your doctor early and schedule a medical evaluation.

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