Chronic Kidney Disease is known to be a silent killer since the disease develops slowly and with no symptoms. Most people realize they are sick only when the disease is in its advanced stage.
It is important for people at risk to see a doctor and have tests done. Early detection can prevent and slow down further damage to the kidneys.
- The kidneys, two bean-shaped organs about the size of a fist, act as a filtering system for the body. It removes waste and excess fluid from the blood every 30 minutes.
- It is possible to live with only one kidney.
- High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes of kidney disease
- Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, old age, high cholesterol and a family history of chronic kidney disease
- From the Department of Health (DOH) data:
• One Filipino dies of kidney disease every hour
• Kidney disease is ranked number nine among the top ten killer diseases in the country
• Dialysis is expensive making it one of the highest reimbursement expenditure of Philhealth
- Kidney transplantation is limited due to the cost involved and the shortage of qualified donors.
Signs and symptoms
In its advanced stage, some signs for kidney disease include:
- Fatigue, weakness
- Difficult, painful urination
- Foamy urine
- Pink, dark urine (blood in urine)
- Increased need to urinate (especially at night)
- Puffy eyes, swollen face, hands, abdomen, ankles and feet
- Back pain, chills and fever