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8 Symptoms That Indicate Your Kidney Is Failing

By: Sravia Sivaram

Kidneys are one of the most essential parts of the human body. Their main function is to detoxify and cleanse the system. On an everyday basis, kidneys filter about 10-150 quarters of blood.

This major action performed by the kidneys makes it extremely important for the removal of waste and thereby for the healthy circulation of blood. Kidneys function by removing the excess amount of waste and fluids from the body.

Apart from this, their functions include maintaining bone health, balancing the electrolyte, increasing the count of red blood cells and stabilizing the blood pressure. So, it is very important that the kidneys are maintained properly.

If there is any glitch in the functioning of the kidneys, then the entire body can be at risk. There are certain symptoms which indicate that your kidneys are not functioning properly, and it is therefore important that you look over the system.

High blood pressure, family history of kidney failure and diabetes can put people at an increased risk of kidney disease. It is essential that you keep your kidneys functioning properly at an every stage of your lives. Read further to find some of the major symptoms that you need to look out for.


1. Change In Urine Colour and Frequency Of Urination:

The urine might get foamy or sometimes dark. You may also experience trouble while urinating. You might either urinate less in smaller amounts or you may urinate more in excessive amounts.


2. Swelling of Limbs And Joints:

You might notice that your limbs, joints and even your face might start swelling. This happens when the functioning of the kidneys gets weak and the excess fluids are duly eliminated from the body.


3 . Frequent Breathlessness:

If you are often left without breath, then this might indicate a kidney failure symptom too. The main reason for this is the accumulated amount of toxins in the body that leads to a reduction of the red blood cells in the body. So, the body will not be able to keep up the oxygen levels.


4. Metallic Taste In The Mouth:

Metallic taste in the mouth occurs when the waste in the blood alters the taste of the food. This will also lead to a very bad breath. Sudden changes in food and poor appetite can lead to kidney damage.


5. Memory Loss and Dizziness:

If the kidneys are failing, there will be a reduction in the amount of oxygen that goes into the brain. This will lead to dizziness, memory loss, poor concentration and light-headedness.


6. Extreme Pain:

Yon will be alerted with a strong pain in the lower portion of the ribcage. If you have a kidney stone or are suffering from urinary tract infection, then the pain will be more severe.


7. Fatigue:

When the kidneys are healthy, they produce a hormone that increases the amount of red blood cells in the body. This will increase the amount of oxygen that travels through the body. If there is a reduction in the count of red blood cells, then this can lead to fatigue, muscle and brain problem.

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Story first published: Friday, December 2, 2016, 13:30 [IST]
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