What are the symptoms of kidney disease?
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Changes in how much you urinate
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Swelling of feet and ankles
- Persistent itching
- Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart
- Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
- High blood pressure (hypertension) that’s difficult to control
What are the biggest risk factors?
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
But hold on, we’ve already tied all of those together.
What is kidney disease?
It’s when your body doesn’t remove waste properly.
Glomerular Filtration Rate [GFR] is a number that indicates kidney function. As you’d probably expect, it decreases over time. So even in healthy people, kidney function decreases as you get older. Well, that’s pretty awesome. Why? Because we already know the mechanism that effects aging, so now we just apply that to the kidneys.
This is pretty simple if you’ve been through all my other posts. If not, welcome to the science fiction world. We’ve shown how you control how your body perceives time. We’ve proven how aging begins in the brain. We’ve shown how stress causes aging and how it can wreak havoc over all different areas of your life.
What you need to know is that kidney function slows predictably as you age. Not for everyone. So I’m right. The rest is speculation, but this is not: if your kidneys work at all, there is hope for you. It means that if you can settle your brain entropy, and find your ground state, you may be able to live a normal life after all.
Much like our article on diabetes, kidney function stalls with the human perception of time. Ok, it’s not really the kidney function that stalls. The kidneys have the ability to operate the same way they always have. But because the entropy of the subject has increased, their perception of time has made time longer. Think about it. If every day is three days, and every hour is three hours, you’re going to be exhausted. You’re going to lose weight. We know that high blood pressure starts in the brain. Your feet and muscles are going to be more sore the more your entropy increases. The longer your days will get. And the more you hurt, the longer your days will get. And the next day your kidneys will function a little worse, and you’ll be a little more tired.
Overtraining can also cause renal failure or damage. Why?
It’s exactly the same thing that’s happening to older people. It’s just a lot less gradual. Your kidneys are only used to pushing a certain amount of blood through every day. I’m sure that you can increase this number with proper training. But if you continue to overdue it, day after day, never allowing your body to catch up. Your kidneys will have to work harder and harder every workout. Each workout becomes slightly more dangerous if you’re not recovering properly.
So what is kidney failure? It’s when your kidneys fail to keep up with the waste your body produces.
So what’s the solution? We’re making the wrong assumptions. The kidneys still have the ability to work fine. The body is in overdrive, so the kidneys cannot property filter more blood than they are used to.
So your kidneys can filter 120 to 150 quarts of blood each day. As your brain entropy increases, your blood pressure increases, and you’re going to start demanding more and more out of the same kidneys, with less and less time to recover. Eventually, they won’t be able to keep up.
If that is true, shouldn’t a transplant not work at all?
A kidney transplant only lasts around fifteen years. I mean, that’s a long time, but why wouldn’t it last longer? Because you never stopped doing whatever ruined your kidneys in the first place.
And some transplants just don’t work very well. In this article, they blame it on the donor kidney. I’m not so sure.
How can I say this?
Because kidney damage is not irreversible in all people. There are millions of people that have gone in and gotten dialysis, and never come back. Their bodies and kidneys recover from the stress that they are putting them through, and they don’t need the outside assistance any more. And if some people’s kidneys can recover, yours can too.