Potential signs of kidney disease

by | Mar 10, 2023 | Diseases, Health

Chronic kidney disease is a significant threat to millions of people across the globe. According to the National Kidney Foundation®, 10 percent of the worldwide population is affected by CKD, which affects people of all ages and races.
Though there is no cure for CKD, kidney health experts at World Kidney Day note that treatment can slow or halt the progression of the disease. That underscores the importance of learning to recognize potential signs of kidney disease.

Primary signs

  • Energy loss: The NKF notes that a severe decrease in kidney function can cause toxins and impurities to build up in the blood, resulting in feelings of fatigue and weakness. Such a buildup also can make it hard for individuals to concentrate. Anemia, a blood disorder characterized by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, is a complication of kidney disease and can cause weakness and fatigue.
  • Difficulty sleeping: Kidneys that are not functioning properly will not effectively filter toxins in the blood and expel them through urine. The NKF notes that individuals may experience difficulty sleeping when toxins remain in their blood.
  • Blood in urine: Blood in the urine can indicate a host of conditions, including tumors, kidney stones, or an infection. But it also can indicate CKD, as healthy kidneys are often effective at keeping blood cells in the body while they filter waste. The Mayo Clinic notes that certain foods, including beets and berries, can affect urine color. But urine color should generally range from pale yellow to deep amber. Any visible sign of blood in urine or urine that is dark or orange in color should be brought to the attention of a healthcare provider right away.
  • Dry, itchy skin: Dry, itchy skin may not seem like a potential indicator of kidney problems, but the NKF reports that such a symptom may indicate the presence of a bone disease that often accompanies advanced kidney disease. These symptoms appear because the kidneys can no longer help the body maintain an appropriate balance of minerals and nutrients in the blood.
  • Increased urge to urinate: The NKF notes that this symptom often occurs at night and is a byproduct of damage to the kidney filters.

Additional signs of kidney disease

Some additional signs of kidney disease include foamy urine, persistent puffiness around the eyes, swollen ankles and feet, and muscle cramps. World Kidney Day reports that individuals can lose up to 90 percent of their kidney function before they experience any symptoms. Most people with CKD experience no symptoms until the condition has reached an advanced stage. However, learning to recognize potential indicators of kidney disease and reporting them to a healthcare professional can lead to early detection and potentially slow the progression of the disease.

If you are showing any symptoms of kidney disease and require blood testing, Trenton Urgent Care and Grosse Ile Urgent Care have on-site lab testing. Our experienced professionals will help get the tests you need to diagnose potential kidney disease so that you can seek the proper treatment.