What is CKD?

According to HealthLine, “The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that extract waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine and aid in other important functions of the body.” They sound pretty important, huh? So important that, if something were to happen to them, your body might not take it so well. Let’s take a look at our body’s urinal system:

Urinary Structure

Our kidneys take in blood, filter out the bad stuff, and produce urine (which contains said ‘bad stuff’). They’re pretty vital in assuring that we’re healthy, which makes sense, because otherwise our bodies would never be able to get rid of its toxins.

Unfortunately, there are many people out there who have kidneys that don’t cooperate, like those with Chronic Kidney Disease(CKD). Put simply, someone with CKD slowly loses function of their kidneys (usually permanently) over a period of months or years. Its severity is split into five stages, ranked by degree of kidney function:

CKD table

*GFR stands for Glomerular Filtration Rate, which is essentially how well the kidneys filter impurities

Stages 1-4 allow for a restricted diet and medication to be all a patient needs, whereas Stage 5 requires a kidney transplant or dialysis, which is essentially an artificial blood filtration system. Though there are many treatments, there is no cure for Chronic Kidney Disease, which is why I find it so important to help my dad and help others on this struggle of a journey towards health.

See y’all next time!

 

LINKS:

http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/kidney

http://www.renal.org/information-resources/the-uk-eckd-guide/ckd-stages

https://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/overview/stages-of-kidney-disease

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