Episode 62: Chronic Kidney Disease

Hello, and welcome to another episode of Squeaky
Wheel Productions’ Disability Series. This week’s topic is Chronic Kidney Disease. What is kidney disease, what causes it, and
how is it treated? We’ll find out the answers to each of these
questions and more. Let’s get started! Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic
kidney failure, refers to a serious health condition which is characterized by the gradual
loss of kidney function. The kidneys are an important part of the circulatory
system and the urinary tract as they filter waste and excess fluids from the blood. Poor kidney health can lead to dangerous levels
of fluids, waste, and electrolytes in the blood. Now let’s look at the causes of kidney disease. As mentioned earlier, kidney disease is linked
to poor kidney health. Risk factors for kidney disease include family
history, age, weight, ethnicity, and certain health conditions. Unfortunately, kidney disease often goes unnoticed
until an individual’s kidney function has significantly decreased. So, what are the symptoms of kidney disease? The most common symptom of kidney disease
is reduced kidney function, which often leads to kidney failure. Other common symptoms include nausea or vomiting,
loss of appetite, fatigue, cramps, and high blood pressure. However, symptoms of the condition may not
appear right away and may also vary from person to person, depending on a variety of factors. So, how is kidney disease treated? Common treatments for kidney disease and kidney
failure include medication, dialysis, or kidney transplants. Although there is currently no cure for kidney
disease, symptoms and progression of the condition can often be managed with proper care or lifestyle
changes. Well, that’s all for this week. Now I’d like to hear from you. Did anything surprise you in today’s video? Please let me know in the comments. If you enjoyed this episode and want to see
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be sure to check out this week’s vlog and the additional resources below. Thanks for watching and see you next week!

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