Causes of Acute Kidney Failure
First, understand the difference between acute kidney failure and chronic kidney failure
“The two main forms are acute kidney injury, which is often reversible with adequate treatment, and chronic kidney disease, which is often not reversible. In both cases, there is usually an underlying cause.” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Acute kidney failure is usually divided into three basic stages; pre-renal, renal, and post-renal.
Pre-Renal is where the blood supply to the kidneys is restricted. This is usually caused by;
- Clogged arteries that cut off the blood supply to the kidneys.
- Blood loss, causing low blood volume
There are very few warning signs to acute kidney failure, and often the signs are so mild that we have a tendency to ignore them.
There may be a decrease of urine flow, swelling in your legs, ankles, and feet, unusual tiredness, but, many times there are no symptoms until the damage is already done, and it is only discovered when you go to the doctor for a regular check-up.
Renal-where damage to the kidneys is direct. This may include;
- Cancer of plasma cells
- Excess Protein: caused either by muscle breakdown, diet or cholesterol-lowering medications
- Inflammation of the filtering system of the kidneys (Acute glomerulonephritis). Many conditions can cause this inflammation such as Lupus, Wegner’s granulomatosis, and Goodpasture syndrome.
- Medications e.g. antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, lithium, and iodine-containing medications used in radiology
- Whole-body infection that literally shuts down the entire body (also known as Septicemia)
Post-Renal: where clearance of urine away from the kidneys is obstructed and responsible. Examples include:
- Enlarged prostate or prostatic cancer growth
- Kidney stones
I am a firm believer in the statement that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’
Get plenty of exercise, follow a good diet, drink a lot of pure fresh water. As much as possible, stay away from fast foods, highly processed foods, colas, and OTC and prescription drugs.
Your diet should consist of the freshest foods you can possibly obtain. Grow you own or buy from local organic farmers. Eat meat and eggs that are from free range animals. If you smoke, STOP NOW!
There are approximately 100,000 people a year diagnosed with kidney failure. Most cases are caused by not following the steps I’ve mentioned in the previous paragraph.
Now, if you are already suffering from acute or chronic kidney disease there are some steps you can take to ease the suffering and sometime even reverse the disease. There are many testimonies from kidney disease patients that have taken control of their life, and used various natural herbal formulas to relieve pain and stop the progress of kidney disease.