blog and she was discussing Hepatitis C and your kidneys.
Before I talk about the article on her blog, I want to say,
we really love Lucinda Porter for her stance on many issues
about our American healthcare. She really cares and is
probably a "cool" person to have a meal or have coffee
Alright, lets get in to the article.
The article is a great source to understand about your
kidneys in general and the precautions you must take ovrall
to insure healthy kidneys. I recommend everyone read it,
it short and succinct.
The take away from the article for those with HCV is that
you have a 52.6% chance of have a higher risk of kidney
failure than those who do not have Hepatitis C virus.
The difference doesn't seem too large, however, it has to
be taken serioulsy. So, those without HCV have a 38.4%
chance of having kidney failure.
About 1 in 9 Americans have kidney disease, that's about 26
million, quite large compared to those tested positive for
The warning signs are, high blood pressure, too much
protein in urine, blood in urine, any swelling of your
hands, feet and puffiness around your eyes. Also, if you
get up at night to urinate and its painful or difficult,
then that is something should be taken seriously.
When you go to your primary care physician, they will help
you determine if you have high risk for kindney related
issues that can prop up down the road. In the mean time,
please have a kidney function test. That will reveal lots
of information about your creatinine, blood urea nitrogen
(BUN) levels, and most importantly the GFR/glomerular
If you're not aware of the complication of kidney disease
or kidney failure associated with HCV, please talk to a
good caring doctor. Its their job to help and guide you.
These doctors official names are Nephrologists and your
kidney is often referred to as a renal organ. Just a heads
Again, please go to Lucinda Porter's website when you get a
chance. She's really wonderful.
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