Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They’re located just below your rib cage, one on each side of your spine. Every day, your kidneys filter about 200 quarts of blood to produce about 2 quarts of urine, composed of excess water and waste products. Kidneys also help regulate blood pressure and make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy.
Kidney disease means your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should. It is also called renal disease.
Types of CKD conditions
There are different types of kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the type that happens gradually over time. CKD can lead to kidney failure, which means your kidneys stop working completely.
The two main types of CKD are glomerular disease and tubulointerstitial disease. The glomerular disease damages the tiny filters in your kidneys (the glomeruli) that help remove wastes and extra water from your blood. Tubulointerstitial disease damages the tubes (tubules) and surrounding structures in your kidneys that help filter blood and remove wastes.
If you have one or both of these types of CKD, it is important to see a doctor so your kidney function can be checked and you can receive treatment if necessary. There is no cure for CKD, but treatments can help slow its progression and may improve the quality of your life.
Early Signs of CKD
The earliest signs of kidney damage are usually an increase in the amount of protein in your urine. This is called microalbuminuria, and it can be detected with a simple urine test.
If you have microalbuminuria, it’s important to see a doctor so your kidney function can be checked and you can receive treatment if necessary. Early treatment can often slow the progression of CKD and help prevent or delay the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Other early signs of CKD include the following:
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Muscle cramps
- Swelling in your feet and ankles
- Dry, itchy skin
- Urinating more or less often than usual
If you have any of these signs, see a doctor so your kidney function can be checked.
What Causes CKD?
Chronic Kidney Disease can be caused by many different conditions that damage the kidneys. Some of the more common causes include the following:
- High blood pressure
- Glomerulonephritis (a type of kidney inflammation)
- Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
- Kidney stones
How is Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosed?
Chronic Kidney Disease is usually diagnosed with a physical exam and blood and urine tests. Your doctor may also order imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI, to get a better look at your kidneys.
If you have CKD, it’s important to see a doctor so your kidney function can be checked and you can receive treatment if necessary. Early treatment can often slow the progression of CKD and help prevent or delay the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant.
How is CKD Treated?
There is no cure for CKD, but treatments can help slow its progression and may improve the quality of your life.
The main goals of treatment are to control the underlying cause of CKD and to prevent or delay the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant. Treatment options include the following:
Blood pressure control: If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to keep it under control. High blood pressure can damage your kidneys and make CKD worse.
Blood sugar control: If you have diabetes, it’s important to keep your blood sugar levels under control. High blood sugar levels can damage your kidneys and make CKD worse.
Cholesterol control: If you have high cholesterol, it’s important to keep it under control. High cholesterol can damage your kidneys and make CKD worse.
Medications: Your doctor may prescribe medications to help slow the progression
Stem Cell Therapy: Stem cell therapy is a promising treatment option for CKD. Stem cells are primitive cells that have the ability to develop into many different types of cells, including kidney cells.
Injecting stem cells into the kidneys has been shown to promote the growth of new kidney cells and improve kidney functions.
Stem Cell Therapy as Potential Kidney Failure Treatment
Stem Cell Therapy for kidney disease is a regenerative medicine treatment. Stem cells are primitive cells that have the ability to develop into many different types of cells in the body. They are found in all tissues, including the kidney.
Umbilical Cord Stem Cell for Chronic Kidney Disease
Umbilical cord stem cells are a type of adult stem cell that can be used to treat various diseases and disorders. One potential use for umbilical cord stem cells is in the treatment of kidney disease.
Kidney disease occurs when the kidneys are damaged and can no longer filter blood properly. This can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body, which can be fatal. Stem cell therapy has been shown to be effective in treating kidney disease by repairing damaged kidney tissue and restoring function.
Umbilical cord stem cells are a promising treatment option for kidney disease because they are readily available, easy to collect, and have a low risk of rejection by the body. In addition, umbilical cord stem cells have been shown to be more effective than other types of adult stem cells in treating kidney disease.
If you are interested in learning more about umbilical cord stem cell therapy for kidney disease, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about treatment.
Shifa Rejuvenation Clinic
There is no known treatment for kidney failure and the only option for treatment is dialysis or a transplant. Dialysis is a difficult and time-consuming process that can leave you feeling tired and drained. A kidney transplant is a surgery that carries risks of its own, and not everyone is eligible for one. Shifa Regenerative offers an alternative to dialysis and transplants with stem cell therapy. This treatment uses advanced stem cells to help your kidneys function better and improve your quality of life.