Itchy Skin & Chronic Kidney Disease - A sign of low kidney function & high phosphorus
Episode 15: Itchy Skin & Chronic Kidney Disease - A sign of low kidney function & high phosphorus. It is common for people with Chronic Kidney Disease to experience uncontrolled itching, itchy skin all over their body, and especially itchy legs. This itchy skin may be a serious sign of two symptoms of kidney disease. The problem of itchy skin and kidney disease is dangerously high phosphorus. The second problem is the pulling of calcium out of your bones, leading to weak and brittle bones. Itchy skin with kidney disease is dangerous if not reported to your kidney doctor or nephrologist right away. Always report any new symptoms to your kidney doctor so that they can address them before they become serious. You will need to adjust your kidney diet and may need to take phosphorus binders to further reduce the phosphorus you ingest if you have too much phosphorus. There may be other causes of itchy skin, so ALWAYS work with your health care team to find the cause and put together a solution.
Symptoms of Kidney failure and high phosphorus in a renal diet include itchy skin, uncontrolled itching, and your skin itching even when sleeping, especially itchy legs. This symptom typically occurs at the low end of stage 3, stage 4, and stage 5.
For More Chronic Kidney Disease Videos and Treatment Tips from a CKD Patient, watch:
Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment - How To Lower Potassium Levels and avoid Kidney Failure
Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 and Stage 4 Renal Diet - What I ate to improve my kidney function
Overcoming sleep issues with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), low kidney function, and kidney failure
Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment: How I increased my GFR & improved my kidney function Part 1
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Kidney Health – When your kidneys are healthy, they remove waste and excess toxins from your blood. Kidney health is also vital in regulating blood pressure and building strong bones.
When you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) your kidney disease directly impacts your kidney function, reducing how well your kidneys remove toxins and waste from your blood. People with kidney disease also have difficulty controlling their blood pressure since it is one of the functions of a healthy kidney.
Everyone with Chronic Kidney Disease should work with their doctor to customize their own strategy. It is critical to follow your doctor's instructions for the plan specific to your kidney disease. Your doctor may prescribe medications, a kidney diet, and set limits for your daily Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Protein, Carbohydrates, and Calcium.
By not following your doctor's plan and eating a healthy kidney diet, you will eventually end up with end-stage renal failure, also known as stage 5 kidney disease or Kidney Failure. At that point, your kidney disease diet will become extremely strict, and you may need to consider dialysis to stay alive. Dialysis does not duplicate all of the kidney's functions, and it is hard on your body as it uses machines to detox your kidneys and removes waste and toxins from your blood. It should be your goal to avoid dialysis by working with your doctor to improve your kidney function.
To prevent Kidney failure, follow your kidney doctor and kidney dietician's recommended kidney diet. Also, understand that there currently is no cure for Kidney Disease. However, it is possible to improve your kidney function and increase your GFR through the proper kidney diet and treatment.
If you have Chronic Kidney Disease, you also must manage your blood sugar levels (diabetes) and high blood pressure (hypertension) very carefully. Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure can damage your kidneys, reduce kidney function, and increase toxins and waste in your blood. They also put additional stress on your kidneys, causing inflammation that reduces kidney function and lowers your GFR.
I encourage others to educate themselves on Kidney Disease and fight kidney disease. Join me and learn how you can prevent kidney disease, how to avoid kidney failure, and how to improve kidney function naturally.
IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician’s advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.
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