Last week I was diagnosed as CKD level 3 due to a low eFGR of 51.
I am now petrified that my kidney are going to fail and I wont get to see my 2 small children grow up.
My story so far is that I had a blood test a few weeks ago and this gave me a count of 51, I was then retested and again my eGFR was 51, Iíve had an ultrasound that found nothing wrong.
I have normal blood pressure, no protein in my urine, my BMI is 19, I eat healthily, only drink around 5 units of alcohol a week and exercise at least 3 times a week.
I have done some research and wondered if my eGFR count could be related to high muscle mass as I am quite muscular, or am I clutching at straws here?
I have been told by my doc (I am in the UK) that I will be retested every 6 months, but I feel I want to do more to ensure that my levels donít decrease.
What do you lovely people suggest?
Are there any herbal remedies or foods that promote health kidneys?
Hi. Sorry it took me so long to answer. First off, muscle mass will affect your creatinine, but not significantly the gfr. What affects it the most is hydration. What is your creatinine level right now. Whatever it is, keep in mind that you are in the very early stages right now. Some kidney issues remain stable for decades. What you can do in the meantime is to cut back on sodium (hard on the kidneys), watch your blood pressure, and hydrate well. I would not suggest trying herbals. Many of them that claim to help kidneys are simply natural diuretics and you don't want to mess with your bp or put additional pressure on your kidneys.
To put things in perspective for you, it took me more than 25 years to get from protein in my urine to dialysis. And that was in the days before meds and better knowledge. I am now 10 years post kidney transplant and am doing very well.
Thanks for getting back to me Cora, its great to talk to someone that is in the know! I now have an appointment with a Kidney specialist on 22nd May, hopefully I'll be able to get some answers as to how and why this happened and also what I can do to try and slow this disease down.
It sounds like you hve been through a lot but are doing great, which is great for me to hear.
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