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Jane’s Blog Discover Kidney Disease 5 Years Earlier

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Unfortunately, many doctors don’t think it’s possible to help the kidneys become healthier. However, in our practice we have seen it happen and the proof is in the test results, which often leave the medical doctors stunned!

Improving kidney function is a long slow process, so the sooner you can detect deteriorating kidney function the better.

Over 50 percent of people currently age 30-49 could develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in their lifetime. CDK is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States and causes about 47,000 deaths a year. It kills more people than breast or prostate cancer.

Recent research estimates 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing CKD and a report published in the March 2015 American Journal of Kidney Diseases states those numbers are expected to get worse.

CKD is known as a silent killer, because most people don't realize they have it until the disease is well advanced. Approximately 450,000 Americans are currently on dialysis because of kidney disease and 12 people every day die waiting for a kidney transplant.

Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.

Currently physicians rely on these tests to detect and manage chronic kidney disease:

  • The Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) by measuring the level of creatinine in your blood. Glomerular filtration is the process by which the kidneys filter the blood, removing excess wastes and fluids. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a calculation that determines how well the blood is filtered by the kidneys.
  • A blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test measures how much nitrogen from the waste product urea is in your blood. BUN level rises when the kidneys aren't working well enough to remove urea from the blood.
  • Albuminuria-to-creatinine ratio (ACR). Albuminuria occurs when there are higher amounts of a type of protein called albumin in the urine, It is a common marker of kidney damage. The ratio of albumin-to-creatinine is recommended as the best method to determine albuminuria.

These tests are helpful in monitoring existing kidney disease; however they are not sensitive enough to catch the disease in its early stages or to predict early a person's risk of developing the disease later on in life.

In the November 5th 2015 New England Journal of Medicine a study shows a blood test for suPAR protein can predict a person's chances of developing chronic kidney disease five years before symptoms emerge.

SuPAR, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor, is a protein marker that indicates inflammation in the blood. Scientists have used suPAR to help assess the severity of various conditions, particularly kidney disease but also HIV, cancer and other illnesses.

A study published May 1st 2018 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers compared suPAR levels to other predictors of death among black diabetics.

“Specifically, researchers for the first time compared suPAR levels to results from a common screening method known as coronary artery calcium scan that doctors use to assess for heart disease risk. The suPAR markers were measured against scores from the calcium scans that gauge calcified plaque that can plug the arteries of the heart. SuPAR also was compared to levels of another protein in the blood that indicates inflammation when detected at high levels.

The study found that elevated suPAR levels were a better predictor of death than the other risk predictors. It also found that diabetics who relied on insulin to control their disease had significantly higher suPAR levels compared to those who didn't need insulin.

Overall, higher levels of suPAR were associated with more than double the risk of deaths.”

Taking care of your kidneys is important. At the Tree of Life Wellness Center we have helped numerous patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), including patients already on dialysis through healthful dietary changes and supplementation.

Obviously Chronic Kidney Disease is a serious health concern and there are numerous considerations including health history, medications and medical treatments that need to be taken into consideration before making any recommendations. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 508-336-4242.

Jane Jansen  Holistic Practitioner  Tree of Life Wellness Center

Host Holistic Healthline Radio


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