Warning Signs of Kidney Disease


Kidney disease in general, and renal failure in particular, are conditions not to be taken lightly. Generally devoid of symptoms in their early stages, they are often diagnosed late, which reduces the chances of recovery. It is therefore important to learn to recognize the signs of these diseases, or better, how to prevent them. Discover in this article how to prevent chronic kidney disease with the DASH diet.


The kidneys, like all organs of the body, are important for the body to function properly. They filter the blood, secrete renin, an enzyme needed to regulate blood pressure and erythropoietin product, a hormone that stimulates red blood cells essential to carry oxygen in the blood.

So when the kidneys stop functioning properly, the whole body suffers. Kidney failure in particular is a kidney disease that affects many people worldwide. This disease is the worsening of renal function, following the kidney nephrons of damage.

Chronic renal failure sets in gradually and silently. Its symptoms usually go unnoticed, but some signs - although not very visible or confusing - can help detect the disease early. These symptoms include:
  • swelling
  • Tired
  • urinary disorders
  • metallic taste in mouth
  • itching
  • low-to-back pain or sides
  • hypertension
  • Weightloss
  • Nausea and vomiting


Kidney failure occurs generally due to diabetes and hypertension which is responsible for most cases of renal failure recorded.

Indeed, when the pressure of the blood is high, it can damage the blood vessels and cause vascular damage, leading the decline in kidney function. Result: kidney failure. But when the pressure is not the cause, it is often the result. Why ? It is simple, when the kidneys can no longer ensure their purification function, resulting in salt accumulation in the body. This excess causes a narrowing of the vessels and thus increasing the blood pressure.

This is a vicious circle, since hypertension resulting from renal failure will further reduce kidney function.


Control blood pressure is therefore essential to prevent kidney failure. For this, the adoption of healthier habits and taking regular prescription drugs to treat this disease are essential.

There is another method to control and reduce hypertension in order to prevent kidney failure: the DASH die

What is the DASH diet?

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a diet that was established IN 1997 by the National Institutes of Health in the US, to reduce and control high blood pressure. This diet was ranked for several consecutive years as the best diet to follow and its effectiveness has been proven by various scientific research.

It is not draconian dietary and caloric restrictions, but rather eat healthy foods that provide the body the food it needs. The DASH diet is close to the Mediterranean diet emphasizes consumption:
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts
  • legumes
  • Fish and poultry
  • whole grains
  • low fat dairy products


It contains very limited amounts of red meat and saturated fats. salt or sodium intakes are also limited to 1500 - 2300 mg / day.

This diet is suitable for everyone, but is particularly prescribed to people with high blood pressure, because it is rich in fiber and antioxidants and focuses on potassium, magnesium and calcium, trace elements recognized for their ability to lower and control blood pressure, which will naturally reduce the risk of kidney disease.

The DASH method recommends a specific number of servings for each food group and the individual's calorie needs. For example, the allowable portions are 6 to 10 per day for grain products, from 3 to 6 per day for lean meat, 2 to 3 for fat and 5 per week for sweets (one serving = 1 tablespoon powdered sugar).


Sample menu of a typical day of DASH diet:

Breakfast: ¾ bowl of oatmeal, 1 banana, 1 cup skim milk preferably goat or almond milk.

Lunch: 2 slices turkey breast, 2 complete toast, a slice of Swiss cheese, a handful of cherry tomatoes and green salad, an apple.

Dinner: grilled fish fillet with almonds, a serving of brown rice, and carrots.



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