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what is the meaning of kidney decrease

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what is the meaning of kidney decrease
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 6 years ago.



Thank you for writing in today. Generally, a decrease in kidney function is related to a decrease in the functioning of the glomerulus. The glomerulus is the part of the kidney that is responsible for filtering. As people age, some reduction in kidney function is normal. However, any acute decrease in kidney function should be investigated. Also, once a patient is noted to have decreased kidney function, it is important to compare the functioning over time. A trend in kidney function labs is most telling. If a patient's kidney function continues to decrease rapidly, then it is very concerning. However, a slow, progressive decrease over a number of years is not as concerning, and it may be partly age related. At any rate, it is important to consider other diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, since these can contribute to a decrease in kidney function; therefore, controlling chronic diseases is very important. Also, decreased kidney function can be related to hydration status and medication side effects; therefore, these too should be considered when addressing decreased kidney function. I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let me know. Lisa

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
thanks for your information it helped .
Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 6 years ago.
You are very welcome. I am glad it helped. Take care. Lisa
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