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High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity may be warning signs of kidney disease

According to the medical society, cases of family illness and use of medication without medical problem likely to increase

 
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People with high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity are part of so-called risk groups for kidney problems. Cases of family illness, age over 50 years and use of medication without medical guidance also broaden the chances of the problem being diagnosed. The warning was made by the Brazilian Society of Nephrology on World Kidney Day, remembered on Thursday (14).

Data from the agency indicate that about 10 million Brazilians suffer with some form of renal dysfunction. The prevalence rate is 50 cases per 100 000 inhabitants. In an interview with Brazil Agency, the society's president, Daniel Rinaldi, said that without an accurate diagnosis, most patients die without even having access to dialysis (primary treatment for advanced disease).

Our intention is to alert these risk groups so that they can ask the doctor how is the function of your kidneys. We have two extremely simple and inexpensive tests to diagnose early kidney disease creatinine in blood and urine test to detect blood loss and albumin [a type of protein], explained.

Rinaldi recalled that early diagnosis can prevent the progression of chronic kidney disease. Thus, patients suffering from diabetes, for example, does not need to undergo dialysis, but control the diet, while people with high blood pressure should reduce salt intake and drink plenty of fluids.

These exams have to be part of the check up. Everyone knows your cholesterol and your blood glucose, but hardly anyone knows how is your creatinine said. The company is estimated that more than 35 million Brazilians who are hypertensive and 8 million are diabetic.

The figures also show that around 100 thousand Brazilians dialysis in the country today. The rate of hospitalization for this type of service is 4.6% per month. Over 70% of patients entering treatment discover the disease when the kidneys are already severely compromised. The mortality rate among them has increased 38% in the last decade.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
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