What is Chronic Kidney Failure?

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Chronic Kindey Failure is the progressive and irreversible deterioration of kidney function. The kidneys slowly lose their ability to work. One-tenth of the world’s population suffers from some degree of kidney disease without even knowing. As the condition progresses it can turn chronic and there is always the chance that the accumulated damage to the kidneys becomes irreversible. One of the challenges is the early diagnosis of this “silent epidemic” as it tends to only produce symptoms in advanced stages when the kidney has already been damaged.

Chronic Kidney Failure explained in first person

Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
The treatment of chronic renal failure must be adapted to each of the stages in the evolution of chronic kidney disease.
Try not to suffer too much, I mean you only have to look after your own health a bit more.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive and irreversible deterioration of renal function. That means the kidneys slowly lose their ability to eliminate toxins and control the amount of water in the body. Most cases eventually develop into chronic kidney disease but after a variable period of time and so it may take several years to reach the chronic stage following the initial diagnosis.

When the kidneys start to lose function, then they also stop producing a series of hormones that help regulate blood pressure and stimulate red blood cell production (erythropoietin) and calcium absorption from food in order to maintain healthy bones (vitamin D).

It's Chronic Kidney Disease very common?

There are estimated to be around 50,000 people with chronic kidney disease in Spain, which means 1180 individuals per million suffer from chronic kidney disease. Half of these patients receive transplants and the other half dialysis.

Substantiated information by:

Anna Yuguero
Bárbara Romano Andrioni
Manel Vera Rivera
Marta Quintela Martínez
María Teresa López Alonso
Montserrat Monereo Font
Ángeles Mayordomo Sanz

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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