Chronic Kidney Disease : Are You At Risk?
Chronic Kidney Disease – The Facts
Worldwide, an estimated 10% of the global population is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the number is on the rise mainly due to the significance increase in high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes. Its prevalence increases with age and it is a progressive condition causing significant deaths each year, as patients often escalate into end-stage renal failure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
According to World Health Organization  , it is becoming a major health crisis with significant socioeconomic impact. Although an incurable disease but with early detection and treatment, we could slow or reverse the progression of the disease. Slowing chronic kidney disease progression is therefore a major health priority today.
Can Cell Therapy Help Chronic Kidney Disease?
Over the years, advances in the field of regenerative medicine have come up with potential development of cell therapies that promote kidney regeneration and repair.
Although clinical trials are still at its infancy stages, cell-based therapy represents a promising alternative for treating chronic kidney disease by slowing the progression and improving complications brought on by the condition.
The benefits of opting for Cell Therapy in treating Chronic Kidney Disease include:
• Kidney repair and optimising kidney function
• Functional recovery from renal dysfunction/ failure
• Improve the overall immune defense system
• Improve GFR
• Newly regenerated blood vessels will increase the circulation to filter more toxic waste out of the body
• Offers options for patients who don’t respond to conventional medication
• Reduce dependency on steroid medication
• Eliminate the need of undergoing regular dialysis and kidney transplantation
• Reduced swelling, especially around the eyes, ankles and legs.
Cell Therapy produces better results at the earlier stages of the kidney disease and has been shown to eliminate or reduce the need for regular dialysis. The earlier the treatment, the better the results. This in turn, makes a big difference in the patient’s life by regaining their productivity and quality of life.
What Is Chronic Kidney Disease?
Kidney has the essential function of regulating minerals, electrolytes, salt and generating certain hormones in our body. But its most important function is to filter out waste and toxins from the body. Kidney disorders are caused by the progressive degeneration of nephrons, the tiny structures that made up the kidney’s key regulators responsible for the filtration system. Damages to these nephrons would decelerate the kidney function to a serious threshold, hence setting off a damaging course.
The kidney has the least regenerative capacity of all the organs and when chronic damages occur, the regenerative function will be seriously limited. The ensuing affliction leads to kidney failure, and tends to be fatal unless treated with dialysis or kidney transplant. Despite advances in renal replacement and organ transplantation technology today, the reduced quality of life with dialysis patients and a long kidney transplant waiting list remain a challenge for combating this disease.
Kidney Disorders Categorised
Kidney disorders are categorised as “acute” (sudden and short lived) and “chronic” (slow and progressive). Acute renal failure is the temporary functional loss due to traumatic injuries, obstruction in the blood flow towards the kidney or pregnancy associated complications, whereas chronic kidney disease is associated with the dysfunctional kidneys for more than 3 months.
Generally, the condition occurs when the kidney is unable to adequately filter out waste and balance fluids as compared to healthy kidney. Overtime the toxic waste build up in the body will lead to health complications causing weakness, vomiting, ankle swelling, high blood pressure, anemia, nerve damage, poor nutritional health, weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy and psychological confusion. Left untreated, kidney dysfunction would turn serious and fatal.
Kidney disease is known to increase the risk of Cardiovascular Diseases as well. It is a silent killer often asymptomatic and may be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, irregular immune disorders, urinary tract infections, inflammation, overdose of medications and other disorders. Early detection is often the key solution and prevention.
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