Nephrologists train in internal medicine and then go on to pursue further training in diseases and disorders of the kidneys. They can diagnose and treat kidney disease, and provide dialysis to treat kidney failure.
Diseases like diabetes and hypertension can cause kidney failure when not appropriately treated, so although they aren’t kidney diseases, they can impact these organs. That makes a nephrologist a vital member of the Premier Medical Group team.
The most common symptoms of kidney disease include:
However, some patients don’t experience signs and symptoms, especially in the earlier stages of kidney disease.
Yes. Quitting smoking, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight can all reduce your risk of kidney problems.
Additionally, staying in control of diabetes and hypertension are critical. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, or have a family history of kidney disease, talk to your primary care doctor about other measures you can take to reduce your risk or detect problems early.
In most cases, kidney disease is diagnosed based on the results of a blood test processed in the lab. In some cases, your dedicated provider might order an ultrasound to get a better look at the kidneys and supporting structures.
Your doctor will explain any tests ordered including what you can expect during the test and what the results will tell the care team about your kidney function.
In some cases, the kidneys completely fail. One option for patients with kidney failure is peritoneal dialysis, a process for removing waste from the blood when your kidneys are unable to do so. To learn more about dialysis, contact a nephrologist at Premier Medical Group today.
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