What Are the Treatments for Chronic Renal Disease?

Chronic renal disease can be caused by a variety of other illnesses or problems. Hypertension, kidney stones, infection and a buildup of toxins in the body can add to already high levels of stress placed on the kidneys. The kidneys work as a filtration system eliminating excess fluids and waste from the body. When the kidneys begin to fail, toxins and fluid build up in the body. This eventually causes the other systems in the body to work harder and less efficiently.

Prevention

Preventing chronic renal disease means controlling the issues that cause it. Reducing high blood pressure, treating the causes of recurring urinary tract infections and congestive heart failure may also reduce stress on the kidneys. Chronic renal failure progresses gradually over time and can be slowed by preventing other contributing issues from getting out of control.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, monitoring blood pressure regularly and following treatment protocols for diseases like diabetes and lupus may prevent chronic renal issues from becoming acute or severe.

Eliminating Toxins

Eliminating toxins from the body may help to reduce the progression of chronic renal disease. Environmental toxins from the workplace or your living area can be ingested through the skin or by breathing the air. Wearing a mask or gloves when working with chemicals may reduce the exposure to some of these toxins.
Toxins can also enter the body in the foods we eat, Preservatives and additives can also cause stress to be placed on the kidneys. Watching what we eat and opting for more natural, wholesome foods can also help reduce the progression of the disease. Reducing our salt intake may also reduce the risk of kidney and renal disease. The National Kidney Foundation suggests that levels of sodium, potassium and other minerals be regulated to alleviate unnecessary stress on the kidneys.

Anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided. Not only can they damage the liver, but they also adversely affect the kidneys.

Treating the Symptoms

Treating the symptoms of chronic renal disease will also include treating the symptoms of the illnesses that are weakening the kidneys. Chronic renal disease has no cure, but the progression of the disease can be drastically slowed if steps are taken to reduce stress placed on the kidneys. Limiting the intake of fluids to match the amount of urine produced is a possibility. This will depend on the person and what other illnesses are present.

According to the Mayo Clinic, medications taken to control other medical issues are possible contributors to chronic renal disease. These must be monitored by a physician to make sure they are taken at safe levels.

About this Author

Wendy Melton is a natural health consultant. She is also a personal trainer, certified herbalist and massage therapist. Melton has been a professional freelance writer since 2007 with contributions to various online publications. She is a graduate of Clayton College with a master\’s degree in natural health.