Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic kidney failure, is the gradual loss of kidney function that eventually leads to waste build up in the body. Some say that this is a dangerous disease because symptoms don’t show until it reaches the advanced stage.
Taking care of our kidney is very important because this organ is responsible for filtering waste products and excess fluids from the blood before they are excreted through urine. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the risk of kidney disease and one of them is drinking juices and teas.
According to research, people drinking sweetened fruit drinks regularly increases the risk of developing kidney problems.
In addition, there are also findings that show beer and tea are associated with kidney disease. Though scientists didn’t explain further why it is a risk to the kidneys, it is said to be harmful when it is consumed excessively.
Experts have said that fruit juices and teas gradually put stress on the kidney and ‘accelerate’ the loss of the organ’s function. Dr. Casey Rebholz said:
“It is widely recognized that sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and sweetened fruit drinks, should be avoided in order to reduce one’s risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.”
“These findings add to the body of literature on the adverse health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and support recommendations to avoid their consumption.”
Moreover, high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages linked to risks of obesity, type 2 diabetes and gout. Dr. Holly Kramer of Loyola University Chicago told Reuters.
“High sugar of any kind can lead to weight gain and insulin resistance and elevated blood pressure. These factors then put stress on the kidney and can accelerate loss of kidney function over time.”
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Changes in how much you urinate
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Persistent itching
- Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart
- Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
- High blood pressure that is difficult to control
Patients diagnosed with kidney disease probably have dialysis or possible transplant, depending on how serious the condition is. To avoid or prevent getting CKD, it is important to be particular with your lifestyle and habits, also taking medications. You can also undergo tests to diagnose at an early stage.
Source: Daily Mail