Kidney Failure - Treatment

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What is the treatment for kidney failure?

Prevention is always the goal with kidney failure. Chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are devastating because of the damage that they can do to kidneys and other organs. Lifelong diligence is important in keeping blood sugar and blood pressure within normal limits. Specific treatments are dependent upon the underlying diseases.

Once kidney failure is present, the goal is to prevent further deterioration of renal function. If ignored, the kidneys will progress to complete failure, but if underlying illnesses are addressed and treated aggressively, kidney function can be preserved, though not always improved.

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Comment from: 24carotgold, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I'm 53 and female, also a nurse for 15 years, still did not know symptoms of kidney disease, I do now. When I spoke with doctors they were not helpful, they just say eat a good diet and we will put you on dialysis. Here's what I do know, diet is critical, supplements are critical; L-carnitine, melatonin, magnesium and vitamin D3. Please, very little protein, very minimal dairy and yes your life changes forever. I have chemotherapy related kidney disease, have been cancer free for 4 years and now I have kidney disease stage 3. Do not take Tylenol, or ibuprofen or antibiotics while you have kidney disease, it can and will finish them off.

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Comment from: Margaret, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: April 11

My mum only has one kidney and when that stopped working doctors could find no reason for it. As a last ditch attempt they fitted a stent and miraculously it started to work again. Unfortunately it is happened several times in the last couple of years but each time the stent is replaced and it goes again.

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