a very good friend of mine just lost her husband, he was diabetic and on dialysis she has just gone to the dr. and he told her that her blood pressure is high and she has 70% of usage of her kidneys, i didn't ask her if this was for 1 or both, she is really afraid of taking anything over the counter, someone told her the leading causes of kidney failure is otc med's. she also has lots of trouble sleeping, the result of that is eating or snacking with the end result being weight gain,
To know the degree of renal functions, a few tests including - urinalysis, blood tests may be required (they might already have been done, by your doctors, since she was recently treated in the hospital)
A creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) blood test, outside the normal range. (BUN and creatinine are waste that build up in your blood when your kidney function is reduced).
The treatment of CKD depends on the underlying condition (management of diabetes, hypertension and cardiac disorders in your mothers case) and the presence of issues and severity of proteinuria, hypertension, etc.
Only in severe conditions, where the kidney disease is progressing rapidly, does the life expectancy is reduced.
Even in such cases, regular dialysis and procedures like renal transplantation can help to prolong life.
Life span after kidney transplant might last for 15 -20 years, depending on the need for immmunosuppression and if Âthere are no rejections.
Almost everyone feels that they have a better quality of life after the transplant. For those who receive a close match, up to 90% are still alive after 1 year, and more than 70% are alive after 5 years. Â
You might consult with a nephrologist along with all the medical reports and he may be able to review them and explain you in specific details about your current status and further management.
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