Catching Kidney Disease Early

Catching Kidney Disease Early

Human Kidneys With Skeleton

An estimated 2.6 million Canadians either suffer from or are at high risk for developing kidney disease, and over half of those people are over the age of 65. Kidney diseases claim more lives than either breast or prostate cancer each year. Many people may have kidney disease and not even realize, as symptoms can go unnoticed. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can be treated, and the risk of complications drop.

If you know the signs, you can catch kidney disease in its early stages. Remember that these symptoms can also be caused by other health issues.

Symptoms of kidney disease include:

Changes in Urination

Increasing the number of times you go to the bathroom can be a common occurrence as you age, but if you notice a significant change, it might be indicative of something more. Additionally, take note if your urine is looking different than usual (foamy, pink, perhaps another noticeable change). Some people experience less urination, accompanied by darker, more concentrated urine. If you notice any changes, consider informing your doctor.

Swelling or Puffiness

Fluid build-up can occur in the body when kidneys aren’t working well. Such changes can occur in your face, joints, hands, feet, abdomen or other areas.


Kidneys make hormones which helps your red blood cells take in oxygen. If your kidneys aren’t working properly, you might feel more tired from less oxygen in your body. Many patients with kidney disease also experience anemia.


Build-up of waste in the blood can lead people with kidney damage to feel nauseated. Loss of concentration, dizziness, or vomiting may also occur.

Shortness of Breath

Extra fluid build-up in the lungs, as well as the anemia induced from kidney disease, may cause you to breath heavier.

Increased Thirst

You may feel more thirsty with your body losing all the water from increased urination or vomiting.


Additionally, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease, you are more likely to develop kidney disease. Remember: kidney disease is much more manageable when caught early. Be proactive, look out for symptoms, and talk to your doctor.