These are the signs that can alert you to kidney disease

Kidney problems are directly related to the kidneys. Mayo Clinic, an entity dedicated to health research, explains that the kidneys are two organs that are shaped like a bean and the size of a fist.

Despite their size, they are key to the proper functioning of the body, since they have the mission of purifying and detoxifying the blood of the human body. The kidneys are located on each side of the spinal column just below the rib cage.

If the kidneys start to malfunction, it may take a while for a person to realize it, as it can start as a silent disease, according to the US National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

When the kidneys suddenly lose the ability to filter waste from the blood, kidney failure occurs. and, according to the same institution, the chances of having kidney disease increase with age.

By losing its filtering ability, harmful levels can build up and the chemical composition of the blood can become unbalanced. However, a person can survive with only one kidney if they donate the other to a friend or family member.

Nerves, muscles and tissues depend on its functioning. Photo: Getty Images. – Foto: Getty Images/iStockphoto

However, when kidney function declines due to underlying kidney disease, it is a concern because toxins and excess water can build up in the blood. Consequently, acute renal failure can be fatal.

According to the specialized portal Take care Plus there are some symptoms that can be identified to have an early diagnosis of kidney disease and be able to treat it in time. Some of them are:

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1. Changes in the appearance of urine: the urine does not normally have the same color. Its tone and appearance can vary depending on the amount of water the person has drunk. According to specialists, the normal color of urine varies from light yellow to dark amber, otherwise you should see a doctor.

2. Itchy Skin: itchy skin can be due to a kidney condition and can manifest in the facial area or on the skin of the body in general. Itching may occur sporadically or frequently.

Calcium stones are the most common that affect the kidneys.  Photo: Getty Images.
Kidney diseases must be treated promptly. Photo: Getty Images. – Foto: Foto: Getty Images.

3. Tiredness and fatigue: the non-profit organization Medical Education Institute revealed several symptoms of kidney disease, including fatigue or being tired all the time.

4. Changes in urination: If you constantly drink liquids during the day, it can be considered normal that the urge to go to the bathroom is recurrent. Nevertheless, if it is not known what is causing the changes, it may be a symptom of a kidney infectionwhich requires urgent medical attention.

5. Fluid retention: This problem is an abnormal increase in the volume of interstitial fluid, that is, an excessive accumulation of this substance in the tissues. The Spanish Heart Foundation indicates that one of the reasons for their presence is having kidney disease.

6. Anemia: this is a condition that, according to the US National Library of Medicine, Medline PlusIt is characterized by insufficient red blood cells. This alteration in the blood can be due to multiple factors such as kidney disease.

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7. Metallic taste in the mouth: when toxins build up in the blood, it changes the taste of food and causes a sensation similar to a metallic taste in the mouth. Having bad breath is another sign of having too many toxins and pollution in your bloodstream.