Symptoms & Signs 

Quiet and Deadly

Many people diagnosed with kidney disease had very or no idea their kidneys were failing. The signs of kidney disease are subtle and silent. Kidney disease can strike at any age and stage in life, including pregnancy.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath can be caused by fluid building up in the lungs.

Swelling in Hands & Feet

Swelling of hands and feet can often be dismissed or ignored as a side effect of other medication taken. If you are experiencing swelling, speak with your health care provider to ensure your kidneys are not under stress.

Increase Blood Pressure

High blood pressure ( hypertension ) that's difficult to control.

Chest Pain - Discomfort

Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart

Additional symptoms Not to be overlooked

  • Nausea
  • Hiccups
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Sleep problems
  • Changes in urine output
  • Decrease in mental sharpness

ACE Inhibitors or ARB

It is extremely important that you take all medications as prescribed and check your blood pressure regularly; an important part of managing your kidney disease.

There are blood pressure pills called ACE inhibitors that can protect kidney function in people with diabetes. You should speak with your doctor to see if what is best for your child.

Don't Ignore Symptoms

Symptoms can be sometimes overlooked for common aliments and everyday stress that millions of Canadians of all ages and stages of life deal with daily.  

Be proactive whenever possible with your health and overall well-being. 

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Fake Weed / Pot

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The Kidney-Friendly Ultimate Grocery List with brand names you know and love is helpful when food shopping. 

We've included a couple of kidney-friendly recipes that are easy to make and tasty and most importantly kidney-friendly!