10 Serious Signs Your Kidneys Aren’t Functioning Properly

Never take your kidneys for granted and make sure you consult a doctor if you experience these ten signs that your kidneys aren’t working properly

We often take our organs for granted and though our minds process information, we ignore some obvious signs of disease until it is too late. The kidneys are such an organ that tries its best to work properly and decides to tell you only at the last minute that it cannot manage anymore. During the time of its degeneration, it will send subtle signs hard to mistake for common ailments. Here are 8 signs your kidneys aren’t working properly.

Insomnia

Insomnia

Toxins unable to exit through the urine build up in the body and the blood. This leads to trouble sleeping in turn leading to further kidney decline. Those with Chronic Kidney Disease also suffer from sleep apnea and this requires a doctor’s checkup immediately.

Headaches, fatigue and general weakness

Headaches, fatigue and general weakness

Healthy kidney function improves vitamin D conversion in the body for strong bones and EPO a hormone called Erythroprotein that contributes to red blood cell production. Poor kidney function leads to less EPO and decreased RBC production leading to muscular and cognitive fatigue. In CKD, anemia may also be a complication especially in those with 20-50% of kidney function causing fatigue, lethargy and exhaustion.

Dry and itchy skin

Dry and itchy skin

This is one of the signs your kidneys aren’t working properly because unhealthy kidneys are not able to remove waste materials from the blood creating an imbalance of minerals and nutrients in the body. This can also lead to bone and further kidney disease. Being hydrated is one of the ways to manage the problem.

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