Signs You May Have A Serious Kidney Ailment

Signs You May Have A Serious Kidney Ailment

When your body starts to suffer from some ailment, it starts to send out signs beforehand. It helps to alert you that something is not doing well inside. It can be different from one part of the body to the next, although sometimes different ailments may also show similar signs. In the case of your […]

Diet Sodas May Help with Kidney Stones

Diet Sodas May Help with Kidney Stones

Diet sodas have been scorned by many health experts as a drink that does more harm than good, but recent study shows that these sugar-free sodas may actually develop fewer kidney stones. A proper alkaline pH balance in the dry can help in our body’s healthy functioning, and as we increase alkalinity in our body so is the augmentation of citraturia, a known factor that causes increased development of kidney stones.  Also called calcium stones, kidney stones are extremely painful and have a tenden…

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection or UTI is a general term for an infection that affects the urinary tract. The urinary system includes the kidneys, ureters, urethra and the bladder. Although any part of the urinary system can be infected, a majority of them happens on the urethra and bladder. Causes of urinary tract infectionOne of the vital functions of the urinary system functions is to remove waste from the body. Infections may occur when bacteria enters into the urinary tract from the urethra and t…

Understanding Male Incontinence

Understanding Male Incontinence

Male incontinence is the inability to control the loss of urine in men. This condition can come on suddenly (acute), transient (temporary), or long lasting (chronic). Male incontinence can be present at birth or develop after an injury or a disease. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reports that this condition affects about 17% of men 60 years old and above. Causes of male incontinenceStress incontinence, which occurs when the sphincter (muscle) that surrounds …

Understanding Urinary Incontinence

Understanding Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a serious condition that bothers, discomfits, and embarrasses a large number of adults, however, this medical problem plagues more women than men. In fact, 80% of the adults who experience UI are women. What is urinary incontinence and how do we deal with it?Types of urinary incontinenceUrinary incontinence is defined as the inability to hold urine in the bladder due to the loss of voluntary control. It results in the unintentional loss of urine. UI ranges from losin…

Understanding Polycystic Kidney

Understanding Polycystic Kidney

Polycystic kidney disease or PKD is a genetic disorder wherein clusters of cysts developing within both kidneys. The cysts are usually round sacs filled with fluid and are non-cancerous. The cysts are not just limited to the kidneys but can also develop and affect other organs in the body. People with PKD usually develop high blood pressure that can also worsen into kidney failure.Causes of polycystic kidneyBenign cysts can develop in the kidneys as people age especially in people more than 50 y…

Understanding Kidney Stones

Understanding Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small and solid mineral and acid salt deposits that form within the kidney. Medically known as renal lithiasis, kidney stones are usually formed when certain minerals and salts found inside the kidneys crystallize and solidify. Most of these stones usually are diluted and get passed on along with the urine. But there are some that can become too large to be passed on through the kidneys through urination and may cause problems.Causes of kidney stonesThe main function of the kid…

Understanding Kidney Cancer

Understanding Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is one type of disease that can affect the kidneys. There are three general types of kidney cancers that can affect humans. The most common is called renal cell carcinoma which usually starts from the cells that line the tubes inside the kidneys. There is also the transitional cell carcinoma which forms in the tissue that forms the tubes connecting the kidney to the bladder. Another type of kidney cancer called Wilm’s tumor usually develops in children and rarely affects adults.Cau…

How Your Kidneys Work

How Your Kidneys Work

The kidneys are complicated bean-shaped organs located just below your rib cage near the middle of your back. They are your body’s sophisticated trash collectors, maintaining the whole-body homeostatic balance. Your kidneys filter and secrete minerals and metabolites from your blood and excrete them as urine. They process around 200 quarts of blood everyday to screen out extra water and waste products.Excretion of wasteYour kidneys remove extra water and waste products from your blood as urine. …

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects more than 20 million people in the United States. The prevalence of the disease among American adults has risen from 10% in the period 1988-1994 to 13.1% in the period 1999-2004. This is according to the 2007 article, “Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States,” that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.CKD is an expensive disease. Medical costs are expected to reach $28 billion yearly by 2010. This is in addition to the…