Chronic Renal Failure
Alternate Names : CRF, Chronic Kidney Failure
What can be done to prevent the disease?
Very little can be done to prevent chronic renal failure, other than
preventing the underlying disease that causes it. But the best ways to slow the
progression of this disease are:
to control blood pressure using ACE inhibitor medicine that reduces the protein
overflow in urine
to keep blood glucose in a healthy range if a person has diabetes
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
The long-term effects include:
calcium and phosphorus abnormalities, which may lead to many kinds of bone
electrolyte disturbances, especially with potassium. Electrolytes are
compounds or elements that the body needs in order to function.
generalized swelling due to the body's inability to get rid of extra fluids
high blood pressure
inability to get rid of the acids produced from protein digestion
increased susceptibility to infections
irregular periods and decreased sex drive
low levels of hemoglobin, called anemia
progression or development of heart disease
progression to end-stage renal disease