Is stage 4 kidney failure reversible?
Stage 4 kidney failure also can be called stage 4 kidney disease. It is the last but one stage of kidney problem and marked by GFR 15-29. Once being diagnosed with stage 4 kidney failure, patients will be generally suggested to prepare for dialysis or kidney transplant which are the last two options for people with completely failed kidneys. It is highly believed that stage 4 kidney failure can not be reversible, as chronic kidney failure is incurable. Actually, this is a totally wrong conception. Chronic kidney failure can not be cured, but it can be reversed partially. For people with stage 4 kidney failure, with comprehensive measures, their kidney condition can be improved and illness can be reversed to stage 3 effectively. And this will help to increase their life expectancy greatly.
How to reverse stage 4 kidney failure?
Since stage 4 kidney failure is reversible to some extent, well, what can we do to reverse it? To get stage 4 kidney failure reversed effectively, patients usually need to:
1. Bring all the symptoms under control, as these symptoms like high blood pressure, proteinuria and anemia can aggravate kidney condition and accelerate illness progression.
2. Change your diet to make it beneficial for your illness condition. Generally, they need to limit protein intake (0.4gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day), salt intake, potassium intake and phosphorus intake. (Exact fluid intake, potassium intake and phosphorus intake vary from case to case. You can consult our on-line doctors for the proper intake for you)
3. Repair injured kidney intrinsic cells. In stage 4 kidney failure, there are healthy, injured and dead kidney intrinsic cells. Dead kidney cells can not be revived, but injured kidney intrinsic cells can be repaired by activating them and strengthening their self-repairing ability.
4. Protect residual kidney function. Chronic kidney failure progresses as more and more kidney intrinsic cells are injured and lose their working ability, so protecting residual kidney tissues is one of an important part in stopping progression of chronic kidney failure. As for this point, Chinese herbs can be used to achieve this purpose.
Stage 4 kidney failure is reversible to some extent, and it can be reversed to stage 3 through efforts. Therefore, it is of great importance for patients with stage 4 kidney failure to seize their chance to live far away from dialysis and kidney transplant.
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