Is Kidney Damage Reversible?

Is Kidney Damage Reversible?

Kidney (renal) damage can be reversible in certain cases. This article will provide answers to questions related to kidney failure.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2018
Kidneys are the most important organs of the body which help in getting rid of the waste and toxins from the body. Abnormal functioning of the kidneys leads to the buildup of wastes in the body which can affect other important organs too. Kidney damage or renal failure is one of the most severe disorders of the kidneys. If left untreated, it can even lead to death. Therefore, it is essential to know the causes, identify the symptoms and get the condition treated.
What Causes Kidney Damage?
Kidney or renal failure can be acute or chronic. Acute renal failure can be caused due to sudden or acute obstruction. On the other hand, chronic renal failure is caused due to uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure for a long time. These are the most common causes of kidney failure in people. Secondly, diseases like kidney stones, prostate, tumor in the kidney, etc. are also some of the rare causes of kidney disease.
What are the Symptoms of Kidney Damage
Swelling of legs or feet and puffiness around the eyes is the most common identifying kidney failure symptoms. Along with it, other symptoms of kidney failure like frequent urge to urinate, headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. are also observed. Difficulty in urination is the most common sign of kidney disease.
How is Kidney Damage Treated?
Diagnosis of the underlying cause is essential for the treatment of this condition. Reversing the conditions that cause kidney damage is the only treatment method that can help in treating the condition. Reducing high blood pressure, bringing diabetes under control, treating other diseases that cause kidney damage, etc. helps in treating the condition. However, it should be noted that more than the treatment methods, the preventive measures help in reversing kidney failure.
Can Kidney Damage be Reversed?
The exact answer to this question depends on the kidney failure stages. Decreased kidney function is reversible. Removing the obstruction causing acute renal failure, treating diabetes and blood pressure can reverse kidney damage up to some extent. However, it should be noted that these methods help in prevention of further deterioration of the kidneys. However, if the kidneys have been damaged significantly, the doctor may suggest dialysis or transplant.
How to Reverse Kidney Disease Naturally?
Firstly, as mentioned above, diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of this condition, it is essential to bring these conditions under control. Diabetes should be controlled by following the diet and taking medicines at proper time. Similar is the case with high blood pressure. Secondly, you should have a healthy diet with fresh foods and avoid eating processed foods as they are high in sodium, which damages the kidneys. One should avoid salty, high sodium containing, high protein containing foods as they can exert pressure on the kidneys. Thirdly, one should exercise regularly to bring the weight under control. At the same time, it is essential to cut down on smoking and alcohol consumption.
If the damage is in the initial stage, it can be reversed by following the above mentioned methods. Lastly, note that it is essential to undertake regular checkup to monitor the functioning of the kidneys. This article is not to be substituted for proper medical advice and consultation. Take care!