Nephrology is a branch of medical science that deals with diseases of the kidneys.  Nephrologists play a crucial role in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic kidney problems and diseases. Kidneys are vital because they filter waste and toxins from the blood, maintaining a balance of water, acid-base, and minerals in the body.

Conditions Treated:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • Difficult to control blood pressure or secondary hypertension
  • Kidney transplant management
  • Kidney stone prevention

When should you see a nephrologist?

  • Biological family history of kidney disease:  If any of your direct biological relatives have experienced kidney disease, you may have an increased risk of kidney disease. Seeking guidance from a nephrologist can help in preventing or addressing the early stages of kidney disease.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes poses a risk to your kidneys, potentially causing damage. Individuals with diabetes face an increased likelihood of kidney failure and should consider consulting a nephrologist.
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure): Elevated blood pressure can harm the kidneys by impairing their ability to filter waste and excess fluids from the bloodstream. This condition diminishes blood and oxygen flow to the kidneys, heightening the risk of kidney failure.
  • Urinary changes: Alterations in urine frequency or appearance could signify an underlying kidney issue. Symptoms may include increased or decreased urination, foamy or dark-colored urine.
  • Brain fog: Brain fog, characterized by sluggish or impaired thinking, might indicate kidney disease. Though not a distinct medical condition, healthcare providers may use this term to describe symptoms like confusion, forgetfulness, or difficulty concentrating.

Need-to-know Facts About Kidney Disease:

  • Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and a family history of kidney failure.
  • People with any of these risk factors should get tested for kidney disease on an annual basis.
  • Most people who develop kidney disease lack symptoms until their disease is at an advanced stage.
  • Left untreated, kidney disease can progress to kidney failure and death.
  • Kidney disease can be treated to slow or prevent kidney failure.
  • People who receive treatment for kidney disease can live long and productive lives.
  • Regular physical exams that include simple blood and urine tests can determine if you're at increased risk for kidney problems.

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