Kidney Disease Treatment

Treating Your Kidneys Through Natural Medicine

The Role of Dialysis in the Treatment of Kidney Disease

Western civilization has come up with some pretty marvelous achievements in the past few decades, but one of the things that the western civilization has given to the world that is not so great has been the horrible diet that is so common! More incidences of kidney disease and disorders have cropped up around the world because of this unhealthy diet. The kidneys are vital organs and our diet has a huge impact on the kidneys capability to function and keep our bodies flushed of dangerous and deadly toxins. Dialysis is often the way conventional medicine deals with the kidneys that are not functioning as they should. There are two types of dialysis; they are hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

When the kidneys do not filter the waste products and excess fluids from the blood stream, hemodialysis indicated as a treatment. Hemodialysis is performed via inserting a tube into an artery, which then filters the blood into a machine. The blood is sent through the machine and then returned to the body. This is often performed two to three times per week, depending on how fast the toxins and waste are processed by the body. Hemodialysis is sometimes associated with complications such as infections and nutritional deficiencies.

Peritoneal dialysis
The peritoneal cavity is the space between the membranes that separate the organs in the abdominal cavity from the abdominal wall. With peritoneal dialysis, a tube is inserted into this cavity and fluid is dripped into the abdominal cavity. Body waste goes into the cavity and is removed when the fluid is drained out a few hours later. The procedure can be dangerous for diabetics because glucose is used in the fluid that is pumped into the peritoneal cavity. The added glucose can cause serious complications with the sugar levels that a diabetic must maintain.  This second type of dialysis must be performed every day in order to limit the amount of waste in the blood stream.

Both types of dialysis effectively flush the toxins and waste products from the blood, but at the same time, both types of dialysis have their complications as well. Infection is a constant worry with both types of treatment because the insertion tube bases have to remain in place for the duration of time the patient will be receiving treatment. Antibiotics are often given to help prevent infection, but the kidneys have a tough time processing these drugs and they can contribute to kidney damage. There is no single answer to the dialysis question, to have it or not, but until modern technology comes up with a cure for kidney disorders and diseases, dialysis will be used to treat the symptoms.

Obviously the best cure is prevention. Lifestyle and diet play a vital role in whole body wellness. Cultures that do not drink alcohol have a much lower incidence of kidney disease and kidney disorders such as kidney stones. The western diet incorporates a lot of fried, fatty foods. The blood stream becomes over laden with globules of fat which cannot be removed fast enough to keep the fat from clinging to the inside of our arteries, causing widespread problems within the body. In order to lessen the chance that one is afflicted with a disorder or disease, eat less fat, less sugar, and certainly less salt. Drink more water, exercise daily and eat a balanced diet in order for your body to function at its best.

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