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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Frequent Urination May Be a Sign of These Diseases


If you are one of those people who can't get through the night without getting up to urinate, and you are always thirsty, you may have kidney problems. Another sign to watch for is a burning sensation with urination, or, on the opposite end, problems with urinating. All of these can be signs of kidney problems. But kidney problems can also lead to other health issues.

Kidney problems are often associated with other serious health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Since the role of the kidneys is to flush out waste products through the urine, if the kidneys are not doing this properly, it is easy to understand why it can lead to other health problems as well.

Reasons for kidney problems

A common cause leading to kidney problems is dehydration, or a lack of sufficient water to allow the kidneys to function properly. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 43 percent of adults drink less than four cups of water a day; the recommended amount is 8 or more glasses.

Diet also plays an important role in proper kidney function. One of the wastes flushed out through the kidneys is uric acid. Eating too much sugar can quickly increase uric acid. Too much protein can also increase the risk of kidney disease and kidney stones. Medicines such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen can also damage kidneys if taken over long periods of time.

Prevention measures

The best way to prevent kidney disease is to drink plenty of water (8 glasses), go easy on sugar (25 grams daily) and protein (40-70 grams daily), and be careful about taking certain medications.

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