Kidney Disease

Our GP’s treat cases of mild to moderate kidney disease and refer to specialists as needed.

What do kidneys do?

Kidneys continuously filter waste from the bloodstream, controlling the body’s levels of fluids, salts and chemicals in the blood. Kidneys also help control blood pressure and make a hormone which stimulates bone marrow to make red blood cells.

How does kidney disease develop?

Kidney disease develops when a person has evidence of kidney damage and this results in the gradual loss of kidney function. Diabetes, untreated high blood pressure and ageing kidneys are all significant factors which can cause permanent damage.  Impairment of the kidneys results in unsafe levels of fluid, waste and electrolytes to build up in the body.  Patients with chronic kidney disease have a heightened risk of developing stroke or heart disease.

Treatment of kidney disease

Treatment of kidney disease involves addressing the underlying causes and focusing on slowing progression of the disease. Dietary and lifestyle changes, medication and reducing toxins can all improve the condition of your kidneys. These measures should also help to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular/heart disease.