Unfortunately I think that many people who find out they have kidney disease are stunned to get that diagnosis. No one ever told me to be careful of my kidneys.
This is what I had always heard, and as far as I was concerned, I had no problems at all.
Drinking too much causes liver problems.
Eating too much fat can clog arteries and cause heart problems.
Being overweight causes high blood pressure.
Too much sugar causes diabetes.
What we should be hearing is eat right and take care of your kidneys! And guess what, it will also take care of these other problems. So much can go wrong in the body when the kidneys aren't working well.
Over the years I've given birth to four children. I've been to the doctor numerous times. I've had scans and x-rays and blood drawn. NOT ONCE did any doctor mention anything about keeping my kidneys running well. Who thinks about their kidneys?
It is possible to have kidney disease and not know it. I have had PKD all my life, but never knew until I was in my 50's. Mine was discovered when I had an emergency appendectomy in 2011. PKD is usually inherited and if a parent has it, there is a 50/50 chance the child will inherit it. There is no cure. Often people don't know they have it until it begins to give them trouble in later years because the cysts grow to uncomfortable sizes. For more information visit the PKD foundation website.
There are other hereditary kidney diseases, like Alport Syndrome, which is what one of the authors of the Smoothies For Kidney Health book had. She was lucky to get a transplant, but her experience with staving off kidney failure is how this book came about.