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Life Expectancy of Stage 3 Kidney Failure

2013-08-29 14:58

Patients with stage 3 kidney failure often ask how long they can live. In fact, it is hard to give an exact answer about this question, as some people can live 15-20 years with stage 3 kidney failure, but some others can only live less than 5 years. Life expectancy of kidney failure depends on the stage of kidney failure, patients’ age, treatment method, diet and living style and so on. In a word, many factors can affect patients’ life expectancy.

Kidney failure is divided into 5 stages by the patient’s glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Stage 3 kidney failure is a special stage. In stage 1 and 2 kidney failure, patients have no obvious symptoms. Therefore, when patients realize there is something wrong with their kidneys, their illness condition has developed to stage 3 kidney failure. Patients with stage 3 kidney failure have a moderate decrease in the GFR of 30ml/min/m2--59ml/min/m2 and they have lost about a half of their kidney function. Under such a condition, knowing what to do to increase life expectancy is very essential.

What to do to improve life expectancy with stage 3 kidney failure?

1. Tight control of high blood sugar: It is the most common factor to cause kidney failure. In the Untied States, nearly 24 million people have diabetes, and almost 180,000 people are living with kidney failure as a result of diabetes. For these patients, a tight control of high blood sugar plays an important role in improving their life expectancy.

2. Tight control of high blood pressure: High blood pressure accounts for over 25% of all cases of kidney failure. High blood pressure causes damage by putting strain on the small blood vessels in kidneys, leading to worsen kidney function. Therefore, stage 3 kidney failure patients need to bring their blood pressure into normal range.

3. Infections and cold: Various infections and cold can worsen kidney failure, especially respiratory tract infection and urinary tract infection. Therefore, preventive measures for cold and infection are necessary.

4. Unreasonable diet: A reasonable diet can prolong patients’ life span. On the contrary, an unreasonable diet can shorten patients’ life span.

For stage 3 kidney failure patients, compared with knowing their life expectancy, knowing, knowing how to improve life expectancy is more meaningful.

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