KIDNEY FAILURE FACTS
Kidney Failure is something you don’t hear about every day and in fact, most people think of Renal Failure as something occurring due to a birth defect. While this may be true in some cases, the vast majority of people who suffer from Kidney Failure do so because of Type II Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.
Although most people have two kidneys, when the renal system starts shutting down, both kidneys are affected and both eventually shut down. It would be great if a siren started or some sort of warning system flagged us down, perhaps red lights flashing from behind our eyes, but the signs of trouble are subtle and many people have no idea that they are in trouble. In fact, current statistics from the National Kidney Foundation indicate that 26 million Americans have diabetes.
Each kidney is about the size of a closed fist, pretty small when you consider all the work they do. Inside, there exist about 1 million single cell filters called nephrons. It is these nephrons that are damaged as a result of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure and they cease to function silently and sometimes over a long period of time. It is the main reason people have no idea they are in trouble with their kidneys, as it is often referred to as the silent disease.
Every day, healthy kidneys filter 130 quarts of blood and they don’t rest. Kidneys work 24-7. The toxins filtered out of the body are expelled through urine.
So, what’s the story with all this business about kidney failure? Will it happen to you or a member of your family?
According to the CDC, one in three American adults are at risk of developing kidney disease and Medicare payments have reached an all time high of $28 Billion just to treat kidney disease. In 2012, 50,500 new cases of kidney failure were added to the already burgeoning list and they were all due to diabetes. That’s not all. If you know someone with Chronic Kidney Disease, tell them that Heart Attacks are the number one killer of people in this group.
Why happens when your kidneys fail?
There are two possibilities if you have kidney failure. You undergo dialysis, an artificial way to clean the blood of toxins. Have you ever seen someone trying to stay alive by undergoing dialysis? They are hooked up to a machine for three or four hours and while the machine pulls blood out of their system, they sit and wait—they wait till the next day when they have to do it all over. It is possibly one of the most difficult ways to stay alive.
The other option is a Kidney Transplant and usually you would be added to a National Waiting List and you wait, go to your dialysis appointments and wait for someone to die so that you can live. If this seems like a strange existence, join the crowd, but wait, there is another way to regain your life.
How about a Live Kidney Transplant?
Now you’re talking. This is what we are all about-encouraging people to consider the possibility of donating a kidney so that someone may live.
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