What do kidneys do?
â€¢Â They filter blood.
â€¢Â They sift out waste products and excess water. These wastes become urine and flow into the bladder and are excreted out of the body through urination.
â€¢Â They remove wastes from the blood after the body has used it for energy and self-repair. It also helps the body to absorb electrolytes. These electrolytes (like sodium and potassium ions) are reabsorbed in a manner as to obtain balance in the blood. This way the kidneys regulate the volume and body fluid composition.
Chronic Renal failure – Information:
Some illnesses and conditions can effect or damage kidney cells permanently thus causing a chronic renal failure. Some of these conditions are,
â€¢Â Uncontrolled hypertension
â€¢Â UTI (Urinary tract infections) or other urinary obstructions
As we age, the ability of the kidneys to function decreases gradually. Some kidney cells may get destroyed, while the remaining cells compensate for the lost cells, a chronic renal failure will not show symptoms until it has spread.
Symptoms of a chronic renal failure includes headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, memory loss, seizures, paralysis, sodium retention, metabolic acidosis, congestive heart failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia, edema, delirium, osteoporosis, dry skin and mucous membranes, a pale complexion, impotence, amenorrhea, and lethargy.
This disease can be managed by a good diet, dialysis and/or if needed with a donor transplant. Some proteins are restricted because the nitrogenous waste after a protein metabolism is too toxic for the body, although a high protein diet is advised.
Kidney disease & Coq10 – The Studies
Studies were done on patients with final stage of renal failure. Such patients are called “uremic”, one such study was done on 15 patients whose two thirds of the kidney cells had been destroyed, and their coq10 levels were tested and compared with coq10 levels of a group of 48 patients on chronic hempdialysis and a control group of 10 other patients.
The result showed that the levels of Coq10 were lower in the group of patients on hempdialysis and uremic patients than the controlled group. This study was done with no supplements given.
Another study was done using the Coq10 supplements to uremic patients on dialysis and found improvements in kidney functions. Although Coq10 does not regenerate kidney cells but does help in improving the kidneys in uremic patients.