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What Happens When Your Kidneys Only Function at 17 %

Provided by Expert Yang Hongtao on : 2014-01-19 17:07

What Happens When Your Kidneys Only Function at 17 %Our kidneys have many functions, such as filtering wastes and toxins from the blood to form urine, regulating the water fluid levels, controlling blood pressure, balancing electrolyte and acid-base and so on. When your kidneys are damaged, kidney function will gradually decline. What happens when your kidneys only function at 17 %?

What happens when your kidney only function at 17%?

Small declines in kidney function do not cause a problem. But you will have serious health problems when you have only 17 percent of kidney function. It means you are in the fourth stage of kidney disease. You may have to make preparation for dialysis or kidney transplant.

You may suffer from swelling (water retention), high blood pressure, anemia, electrolyte disturbance, fatigue, foamy urine, nausea and vomiting, poor sleeping quality, shortness of breath and so on. Different patients may have different symptoms. Aggressive treatment is necessary for you to maintain the remaining kidney function, or your illness will progress to the end stage.

How to improve kidney function?

The following aspects may help improve kidney function:

-Healthy diet

Healthy diet can decrease the production of wastes so as to reduce the burden on kidney, such as low but high quality protein diet, low sodium diet, high vitamin diet and low saturated fat diet. These are only general guidelines. The individualized diet plan can be acquired from online doctors.


Exercise helps control blood pressure and improve fatigue. Exercises such as walking, jogging, dancing, swelling are all good for your medical condition. As to its intention, frequency, and duration, they should be made according to your medical condition.

-Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine is natural. It can help block kidney fibrosis, repair damaged renal intrinsic cells and rebuild the normal kidney structure. The therapies include circle therapy, hot compress therapy, enema therapy, acupuncture and moxibustion, medicated bath and so on. They can not only improve kidney function, but also make your whole body harmonious and balanced.

If your kidney only function at 17 %, do not lose hope. Our doctors can help you live a normal life.


It is quite hard to fight against kidney disease for a long time. Now, a lot of kidney experts here try to give biggest help for kidney patients. If you have some questions about any kind of kidney disease, welcome to contact us by the following ways.

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