Was Unaware about Kidney Disorder Until I Tested for Sugar Levels

" Did Not Know I Had Kidney Disorder Until I Tested for Sugar Levels "

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 8 Oct 2015 - 11:49


A 35 year old, Sharada an employee and resident of Hyderabad, did not see the doctor until the symptoms of diabetes interfered with her daily life. When she underwent tests for diabetes, she was also diagnosed of stage II CKD, which came as a shock to her. This could have been prevented, had she gone for preventive check-up, said the doctor. "Your lifestyle is an indicator of such disorders to occur" said her doctor.

"In India, younger people do not go for preventive check-ups, which results in delayed diagnosis”, said Dr. Dr Sham Sunder, head of the nephrology department at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, New Delhi. "If the disease can be diagnosed early, in stage I and II, the progression can be halted with medicines. Those with a family history of kidney failure, recurrent urinary tract infection, diabetes and hypertension must get themselves tested periodically," he added. 

A study across 12 cities in India, found 17 out of every 100 people suffering from kidney disease. Of this, 6% had stage III kidney disease which needs immediate medical attention, also some cases that may need a dialysis and kidney transplant. A majority of those diagnosed with different stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) had not undergone any kidney function test before. 

Unfortunately kidney disease does not produce symptoms until it is in the chronic state and so many are unaware about the kidney problem, they already have. Early detection can prevent chronic conditions, through periodic checkups.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) recommends two simple tests to check for kidney disease:

Albuminuria-to-creatinine ratio (ACR): When the urine contains high amounts of albumin (a protein) in the urine it is called albuminuria which is a common marker of kidney damage. Albuminuria is determined by the ratio of albumin-to-creatinine, and is known to be the best test to detect kidney disease. All patients with CKD should be tested for albuminuria once a year.

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Blood-based creatinine test determines GFR, which indicates the working condition of your kidney to remove wastes from the blood. Age, gender and GFR are calculated using the serum creatinine. It may be normal if it is in the early stage of kidney disease.

A GFR count of less than 60 is low and may indicate that you have kidney disease. Ask your doctor about the GFR test for you. If you have risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or family history of diabetes or kidney failure, you must go for kidney tests once a year to rule out any kidney disease or if you have, it can be attended to immediately and treated.

Who needs a kidney test?

  • Anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes
  • Anyone with a family history of kidney failure
  • Anyone age 60 and older
  • Individuals who are obese (body mass index of 30 or above)
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Blood or protein in the urine without any known cause

What are the kidney symptoms to look out for?

It's also important to see your doctor for a kidney test if you already have symptoms of kidney disease, which include:

  • Producing unusually more or less urine than usual
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling generally unwell for long period of time

What should you do next?

  • Follow healthy lifestyle advice
  • Talk to your doctor and take medication strictly as advised by your doctor
  • Learn about the kidney diseases, so that awareness helps you take necessary steps
  • Eat healthy diet

Learn about your health, it helps you take the required steps to prevent diseases and also save yourself from the stress, effort, discomfort besides the money spent on expensive treatment.


*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.