Kidney disease affects millions of people in the United States, and there are just a few indicators that reveal issues with kidneys. Often referred to as the "Quiet Disease" because of the lack of symptoms, most people do not discover they have kidney disease until it is very advanced. Also, many people ignore early warning signs, while catching kidney disease early can mean the difference between life and death. This is why vehicle donation is so important to fund the education of kidney disease.
Kidneys perform important functions of the body such as regulating the acid content, potassium, and salt content. Waste removal is also a function of the kidneys along with producing vitamin D and balancing the body’s fluids. Kidneys produce hormones that regulate the metabolization of calcium and controls blood pressure. Here are a few of early warning signs of kidney disease:
Change in Urination
Usually the most obvious sign of kidney distress is a change in the habits of urination. Urine production is a function of the kidneys and therefore any major change such as: less urine, urinating more often, change in color, foam, smell, pain, or blood in urine, can all indicate an issue with the kidneys.
Protein in Urine
You must get a check up from your doctor in order to see if there is any blood present in your urine, which is part of a routine physical. Kidney damage will cause protein to be leaked into your urine, along with blood cells. It is a good idea to get yearly check-ups, especially if you have any other factors that could contribute to kidney disease such as diabetes.
Lower Back Pain
Pain from your kidneys can register as lower back pain, found below the rib cage, or even on the sides. Other symptoms to be aware of besides lower back pain are: change in the taste of food, loss of appetite, difficulty to think clearly, dizziness, headache, metallic taste, fatigue, and itchiness or rash. People with kidney disease might also have anemia, because kidneys help with the production of red blood cells, which can cause some of the symptoms that were mentioned. Also, be aware that similar symptoms of a urinary tract infection can be an indication of kidney disease.