Stage 4 renal failure means your kidney has an advanced kidney damage with glomerular filtration rate (GFR) 15-30 ml/min. And you may be preparing for dialysis and kidney transplant. How long can a person live with stage 4 renal failure?
This is a question difficult to answer. Because it depends on many factors, such as age, current physical condition and the treatment you receive. If you want to prolong your life expectancy, you should do the following things:
1. You should preserve the remaining kidney function and prevent it from developing to the end stage. How to preserve the kidney function? Currently, almost all the the therapies aim at controlling the symptoms, not the underlying causes. For example, high blood pressure can be treated with ACE inhibitors and ARBs. Edema can be treated with diuretics. Proteinuria can be treated with steroids. While Traditional Chinese Medicine amis at making the whole body harmonious and balanced so that the damaged kidneys can gradually recover.
2. You should follow a restricted diet plan to avoid overburdening the failing kidneys. For example, a low but high quality protein. low sodium diet, low fat diet, and high vitamin diet. Different people have different requirements to diet. You can get an individualized diet plan from our online doctors.
3. You should do regular exercise. Exercise can boost your immune system and alleviate some of your symptoms, such as high blood pressure, fatigue and low mood. It is important for you to choose an exercise that is suitable for you. Pay attention to the intensity, frequency, and duration, avoiding strenuous activities.
Even if you are unlucky enough that it develops to stage 5 kidney failure, you can still live long life with dialysis. It is said that people on dialysis can live 4.25 years longer and about 23% patients can live as long as 10 years with dialysis.
I think if you can take good care of yourself and follow the doctor’s instruction, it is totally likely for you to stay with stage 4 renal failure for many years.