The Doctor Will See You Now

Texas Tech Physicians Expert Addresses Health Questions with ‘The Doctor Will See You Now’.

This month’s topic is Kidney Disease.

Kidney specialist (nephrologist) and associate professor of internal medicine German Hernandez, M.D., answers questions on kidney disease and ways to prevent it.

Ways Kidneys Keep You Healthy:

  • They regulate fluid levels (water and salt)
  • Activate Vitamin D for healthy bones
  • Filter waste products from the blood
  • Direct production of red blood cells
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Keep blood minerals in balance (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium)

One in three Americans are at risk for kidney disease according to the National Kidney Foundation. Risk factors for kidney disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of kidney failure
  • Age 60 or older
  • African American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, or Pacific Islander race/ethnicity
  • Obesity, as defined by a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above.

There are no early symptoms of kidney disease. By the time people start showing signs of kidney damage, the disease process has already begun. The only way to detect kidney disease is to be tested. There are easy blood and urine tests that your doctor can order to detect kidney disease early.

View “The Doctor Is Here Now” segment here.