A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Glomerulosclerosis
I had a question the other day about glomerulosclerosis.
Glomerulosclerosis refers to scarring or hardening of the blood vessels in your kidneys.
These vessels filter your blood as it passes through your kidneys.
They remove waste fluids that then leave your body as urine.
Damaged vessels can’t perform their job adequately.
As a result, large amounts of protein from your blood leak into your urine rather than remaining in your bloodstream.
This leads to a condition called proteinuria.
Glomerulosclerosis can affect children and adults.
Men are slightly more likely to develop it.
African-Americans are at higher risk than whites.
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a kidney disease that can lead to glomerulosclerosis.
In FSGS, the scarring occurs only in some of your vessels.
And only part of the individual vessels is damaged.
Untreated, it can lead to kidney failure.
In some cases, kidney failure can occur despite treatment.
FSGS most frequently occurs without a cause.
This is called idiopathic or primary FSGS.
Sometimes, though, FSGS has a known cause, and these can include:
>Sickle cell disease
>Birth defects of the kidneys
>Heroin or other drug use
>Genetic causes (in rare cases)
Besides FSGS, glomerulosclerosis can be caused by these diseases:
>Sickle cell disease
Conditions that damage your kidneys can also lead to glomerulosclerosis.
>Glomerulonephritis, which causes your glomeruli to become inflamed.
>Reflux nephropathy, in which urine flows back into your kidney.
Chemicals and medicines that harm your kidneys can also cause glomerulosclerosis.
At first, there are no obvious signs of glomerulosclerosis.
Over time, symptoms can develop.
Swelling. Because of fluid retention, you may have swelling in various parts of your body, including hands, feet, legs, abdomen, and around your eyes.
The swelling may be painful.
It may also cause rapid weight gain.
Changes in urine. You may have foamy or bubbly urine, caused by proteinuria.
Often, glomerulosclerosis is discovered during a routine checkup.
Tests during a checkup can reveal an abnormally high protein content in your urine.
Or they may show a low level of protein in your blood.
Symptoms often accompanying glomerulosclerosis include high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
There’s no cure for glomerulosclerosis.
And the FDA hasn’t approved any drugs specifically for its treatment.
But several treatments can slow its progression and control symptoms.
To deal with glomerulosclerosis, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily, which cleanses and flushes your system. Drink at least 1 cup per hour.
*Drink pure, sugar-free only, organic cranberry juice (found in a health food store).
*Maintain your alkalinity.
*Investigate possible triggers.
*Try to eliminate toxic products.
*Avoid sugar, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop, dairy products, and processed foods.
*Eat plenty of raw foods.
*Consider fasting and fresh juicing.
*Empty bladder frequently (never ignore the urge).
*Practice good personal hygiene.
*Take plentiful amounts of alfalfa throughout the day.
*Review my post on Candida, because many times this can be a significant influence.