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Is Iron Supplements Hard on Kidneys

Provided by Expert Yang Hongtao on : 2014-02-06 16:09

Is Iron Supplements Hard on KidneysAnemia is a common symptom in patients with kidney disease. And with the progress of kidney disease, anemia becomes more and more serious. It can be treated with iron supplements and injection of EPO. But is iron supplements hard on kidneys?

Healthy kidneys secrete erythropoietin which stimulates the bone marrow to produce the red blood cells. When your kidneys go wrong, they can not secrete enough erythropoietin. And the building-up of wastes and toxins in the blood also shortens the lifespan of red blood cells. All in all, anemia occurs due to the decline of kidney function. Anemia leads to many symptoms, such as shortness of breath, cold hands and feet, headache and weakness. Under normal circumstances, EPO and iron supplements work together to increase the number of healthy red blood cells in the blood.

However, iron supplements have many side effects. They irritate the stomach and colon and can cause nausea, constipation, bloating and abdominal discomfort. As we all know, kidney disease inhibits the filtration of wastes and toxins in the body. Overdosage of iron supplements increases the burden on kidney and accelerates the progression of disease. Therefore, you had better pay attention to the dose and not to take too much.

Iron supplements can only temporarily remit anemia. To improve kidney function is the radical solution. Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies such as hot compress therapy, medicated bath and enema therapy, can help remove the wastes and toxins from the body and repair the damaged kidneys. In short term treatment, headache, weakness, cold hands and feet and other symptoms related with anemia will improve. And in long term treatment, kidney function improves. And then you can live a normal life.

You can send your medical report to kidney-healthy@hotmail.com, and our nephrologists will give you a personalized treatment plan after comprehensive analysis.


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