Some 30 million Americans suffer diseases of the urinary tract and kidneys, while 80 million are in the high risk category. And for about 200,000 people every year, the disease is fatal. Early detection is the key.
Health experts are announcing early warning signs to mark National Kidney Month. People who have high blood pressure or diabetes are at an increased risk of developing permanent kidney failure. If you experience a combination of the following signals, you should consider consulting your physician:- burning or difficulty during urination
- an increase in the frequency of urination
- passage of bloody urination
- puffiness around eyes, swelling of the hands and feet
- pain in the small of the back just below the ribs
- high blood pressure.
Kidneys clean waste materials and excess fluid from the blood, regulate blood pressure and red blood cell count and synthesize the vitamins that control growth.
Doctors can pinpoint the problem through a variety of tests, including blood pressure check, urinalysis, blood analysis, x-ray and kidney biopsy.
For more information, contact the National Kidney Foundation of Utah, 3707 N. Canyon Road, Suite 8-G, Provo, UT 84604; or call 373-2907.