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Hydration and Chronic Kidney Disease

Urine generated from wastes in your blood is one way getting hydrated with water aids kidney function. In order to freely transport blood to your kidneys and provide your kidneys with vital nutrients, water also helps to keep your blood arteries open. However, this delivery mechanism has a harder time functioning if you become dehydrated and could subsequently lead to kidney malfunction.

Dehydration can result in an accumulation of acids and waste products in the body as well as kidney clogging muscle proteins (myoglobin). The kidneys may suffer damage from all of these things. Dehydration can also contribute to the development of kidney stones and urinary tract infections, both of which, if not promptly treated, can result in kidney damage.

Several studies have shown that the level of vasopressin increases in the body when you get dehydrated. This hormone has been implicated in chronic kidney disease and could further damage the kidneys in people already diagnosed of CKD.

Written By Jennie Miller

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