Frequently Asked questions

It is recommended to have a diet low in protein for preserving the healthy functioning of the kidneys. For those who have “Blood Pressure”, a low-sodium diet is suggested.

The most common are hypertension and diabetes. Either of these can cause kidney failure, leading to dialysis. Other diseases that are harmful to the kidney are HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

Chronic Kidney disease or CKD, is a condition in which the kidney gets damaged gradually, and cannot filter the blood properly. The main risk factors that can cause this kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure.

There are 2 types of kidney failure – acute and chronic. In “acute” cases, if the patient receives treatment on time they can recover completely. In “chronic” cases, it is a progressive failure of the kidney that can be slowed down, but not stopped. Once the end stage is reached, kidney replacement is required.

Dialysis is required when about 90 percent of the kidney is damaged (technically if your eGFR is less than 10 ml/min). It is started when the patient starts showing symptoms like loss of appetite, vomiting, breathlessness, high potassium even when medications are being given, muscle wasting or fluid overload.