Kidney Disease: A Silent Killer With 7 Early Symptoms and Signs to Consider
Kidney disease is known as the “silent killer” because it often has no obvious early symptoms. It is estimated that up to 90 percent of people in the United States with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are completely unaware they have the disease until it is very advanced. As kidney disease progresses, it can lead to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. It can also result in other serious health issues, including a heart attack or stroke.
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Dr. Jingduan Yang, MD, the founder and medical director of Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine and a Chinese and western physician, said in the online program “Four Dimensions of Health” that he had recently seen several patients who were not very old yet were experiencing kidney failure.
However, because they waited too long to see a doctor, their treatment options were limited. If they had been treated early, the deterioration of their kidney function may have been preventable.
Yang pointed out that some early symptoms of kidney disease may not seem to be related to the kidneys, but they are indeed caused by reduced kidney function.
Here are seven symptoms to watch for: