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What Dose Kidney Function At 40% Mean

What does kidney function at 40% mean? Patients with kidney disease may have this question, especially for patients who have about 40% normal kidney function. To help themselves to deal with their condition, it is necessary for patients to have a better understanding about the kidney damage in this degree.
What does kidney function at 40% mean?

Patients with 40% kidney function may not have very obvious symptom, so many of them may not feel serious in this time.
In fact, kidney has strong compensation, and as long as half kidney function is normal, our kidneys will be able to complete their work. Thereby, there will not be any health problem caused by kdney damage until more than 50% kidney function is damaged.

On the other hand, even though more than 50% kidney function is damaged, patients will not have very obvious symptom until more than three fourths kidney function is damaged. That is why many patients do not treat their condition seriously.

What symptoms can patients with 40% kidney function have?
Patients do not have obvious symptom in this time, but there are still some symptoms that can be noticed if patients are careful enough.
Patients with 40% kidney function may have mild edema, and their edema mainly appears in their ankles or around their eyes. Patients may also feel fatigue in this time, which is mainly caused by anemia. Patients may also find there are changes in their urine, such as foamy urine, abnormal urine color, frequent urine at night. Patients may also have itching, muscle cramps and kidney pain.

What should patients do to deal with their condition?
Certainly, patients should take measures to protect their health condition and kidney function as soon as possible.
The first thing patients should do is to see a doctor as soon as possible. Patients should follow the doctor’s arrangement,and accept treatment positively. 

On the other hand, patients should change their life habits to improve their overall health condition, such as do appropriate amount of exercise regularly, avoid tiredness and have good rest, stop smoking and drinking alcohol. What’s more, it is very important for patients to have confidence and good emotion in this time, which can help improve patients’ health condition.

Besides, patients should also pay attention to their diet, because that can make a significant influence on their health and kidney condition. There are some basic points that patients with kidney disease should care, such as right protein intake, low sodium intake, high calory and enough vitamin intake, etc. Patients should consult the doctor and nutritionist’s advice in making their eating plan.
Patients with kidney function at 40% have relatively severe condition, but patients condition is able to be controlled if right measures are taken. Thereby, it is important for patients to have a positive attitude in this time. 

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