The Most Common Causes Of Kidney Damage

by on 21/03/11 at 2:47 am

Let us start with the statement that ‘the best cure for kidney damage is prevention.’ Once damage has been done, it is difficult to bring the kidneys back their original healthy state. Some types of damage cause a lifetime of problems, while others are more easily treated. The causes of kidney damage are varied. Injuries that damage the blood vessels of the kidneys are one cause of kidney damage. Environmental and lifestyle factors can cause damage, as well as reactions to medications that are given for an unrelated illness, or to support another organ that is not functioning properly. We will discuss many of the causes of kidney damage, but again, the best cure is prevention.

Your kidneys are located in your lower back area on each side of your body. The placement of the kidneys is appropriate because they are protected by lots of padding for protection. Deep inside the abdomen and lower rib cage are fatty, spongy tissues that surround the kidneys. The lower back muscles and the spine also protect the kidneys.

A direct hit to the kidneys can cause severe bleeding that is very difficult to control. The blood vessels that supply or drain the kidneys are very delicate and are easily injured. Damage to these vessels can be caused by aneurysm, which is defined as a ballooning or rupture of a blood vessel that results in unrestrained bleeding when ruptured, and vessels can also be damaged by other illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Arterial blockage will cause damage by blocking off the supply of blood to the kidneys. This inability to cleanse the blood leads very quickly to toxicity, and these blockages are most often found quickly and removed, but the kidneys can remain damaged and the wall of the artery that was compromised will be much weaker than it was.

The following issues can also cause kidney damage:
Diabetes- both Type I and Type II, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, obesity and autoimmune diseases, among others. The epidemic proportions of obesity and cardiovascular disease are often the result of the Western diet, lack of exercise, and lifestyle.

Alcohol in more than moderate amounts not only will damage the liver, but the kidneys as well. Heavy alcohol consumption can destroy the liver and the kidneys at the same time. Diets heavy in fatty meats cause damage to the delicate balance within the kidneys. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise and protecting your body from direct injury to the kidneys are the best ways to avoid kidney damage.

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