How long can a patient live with stage 5 kidney disease? This question has been asked many times by people with stage 5 kidney disease, or ESRD. Since their kidneys nearly have lost the whole kidney function, most of these patients have to take various medications to flush the toxins in blood, or live with dialysis. Therefore, their life expectancy becomes one of their biggest concern.
What is the life expectancy for stage 5 kidney disease patients?
Kidney is one remarkable excretory organ that provides a clean internal environment for other organs. In stage 5, kidneys are only functioning at less than 15% that can cause the build up of uremic toxins in the blood. These toxins will damage various important organs via blood circulation. This is the reason that people with stage 5 kidney disease often have cardiovascular diseases, skin itching, bone disease, respiratory disease and digestive disease, etc. Besides kidney failure, some of these complications are life-threatening, and they may make death come suddenly.
Clinically, some renal patients die within several months or even several weeks, once their kidney disease progresses into stage 5. On the downside, some patients can live as long as 20 years.
Why is their lifespan so different?
The answer is that their own illness condition, the severity of complications, treatment option, the sufficiency of dialysis, lifestyle, diet, etc.
The first step to prolong these patients’ life expectancy should begin with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Although diet and lifestyle can’t help repair damaged kidneys, they do help manage their symptoms and prevent their illness condition from worsening. Therefore, always make their diet and lifestyle modify along with their condition changes.
The second step is to determine whether they should begin dialysis immediately. If they have high creatinine level, serious complications or their kidney disease is caused by diabetes, they may need to start dialysis timely for their safety. Otherwise, they can delay dialysis safely.
Finally, some treatments that can help improve kidney function level and repair damaged kidney cells should be taken. Micro-Chinese Medicine Hot Compress Therapy, one innovation of conventional therapies, can help cleanse blood, control renal disease complications and prompt the restoration of damaged kidney cells. Maybe, it is worth a try. If you want to learn more about this treatment, you can contact us directly.