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Kidney disease

How many informative facts do you know about Kidney disease? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Grab a pencil and paper and answer the questions below. Remember, it's ok if you don't get everything right. This quiz aims not only to test your knowledge but to help you gain more insight into kidney Health.

1. Urinary Traction Infections (UTI) can cause Kidney damage-- True or False 2. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, family history, and Heart diseases are risk factors for kidney Disease --True or False 3. The specialist for kidney disease is a Urologist -- True or False 4. Kidney Disease is called a "silent disease " --True or False

Below are the answers to each question. Test and see how well you did. For those who answered some questions incorrectly, let's look at a few facts surrounding kidney disease Answers: 1. True 2. True 3. False 4. True

March is National Kidney Month! Did you know kidney disease is often called a "silent disease " because there are usually no symptoms during its early stages? 90% of Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD) don't know they have the disease until it is advanced. Chronic untreated bladder infections and UTIs can cause kidney disease. If you think you have a UTI, you should see your doctor. Treatments for bladder infections and other UTIs may include antibiotics and drinking lots of liquids to help flush bacteria from your urinary tract.

Symptoms of a bladder infection may include a burning feeling or pain when urinating, blood in the urine, strong-smelling urine, and a fever. Most infections in women are caused by bacteria from the bowel that reach the urethra and bladder or improper wiping after a bowel movement. Most UTIs in men result from problems restricting normal urine flow, such as an enlarged prostate. One of the most common symptoms in the elderly is a sudden onset of confusion. If your doctor diagnoses you with kidney disease, he will refer you to a Neurologist.

The good news is that the earlier you discover kidney disease, the sooner you can take steps to protect your kidneys from further damage. Protecting your kidneys may allow you to continue to work, spend time with family and friends, stay physically active, and do other things you enjoy. Go to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to learn how to keep your kidney healthy.

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