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How to Recognize Kidney Failure: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Singapore is facing a significant challenge with kidney failure, boasting the highest rate globally, especially caused by diabetes. The statistics reveal one new patient diagnosis every 5 hours. Understanding the causes of kidney failure is paramount for prevention. Dr. Akira Wu, a renal physician at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, provides insights into what kidney failure is, its causes, and the symptoms to watch out for. What is Kidney Failure? Kidney failure, or renal failure,...

Navigating the Sodium Dilemma: Small Changes, Significant Impact on Health

The longstanding debate over the safe consumption of sodium, a key component of the ubiquitous sodium chloride, commonly known as salt, continues to shape discussions around cardiovascular health. The impact of sodium on blood pressure, a critical health metric, underscores the need for nuanced approaches to dietary habits, with potential implications for millions grappling with conditions like high blood pressure. For over a century, defining a universally safe level of salt...

Long-Term Kidney Impact After COVID-19 Recovery: A Closer Look

As we navigate over four years into the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent study sheds light on a concerning aspect—individuals recovering from acute kidney injury (AKI) linked to COVID-19 may need ongoing kidney monitoring even after leaving the hospital. COVID-19 has been recognized for causing AKI in roughly half of those affected, but what happens to these patients once the infection is no longer present? The study, conducted at five hospitals within the...

The Age of Centenarians: Singapore’s centenarians do everything on their own

Celebrating his 100th year, Hong Weili maintains a remarkable independence that captivates the essence of longevity. Rising at 5 o'clock each morning, Grandpa Hong exemplifies self-sufficiency by preparing his nutritious breakfast of oatmeal milk and toast without assistance. Resolute in his aversion to dependence, he meticulously manages every aspect of his daily life. Following breakfast, Grandpa Hong consistently monitors his blood pressure, revealing only mild hypertension amidst an otherwise robust physical...

The Silent Threat: Understanding How Proteinuria Causes Progressive Renal Damage

Proteinuria, the presence of excess proteins in the urine, serves as a subtle yet ominous sign of potential renal dysfunction. While it is not uncommon for trace amounts of protein to be excreted in the urine, persistent and elevated levels can be indicative of underlying issues. The relationship between proteinuria and progressive renal damage is a complex interplay that unfolds within the intricate landscape of the kidneys. Understanding Proteinuria: Before delving into...

Understanding Proteinuria: Does the Presence of Protein in Urine Indicate Kidney Issues?

Many individuals undergoing routine health check-ups have recently discovered the presence of proteinuria, causing concern about potential kidney problems. Some notice proteinuria through positive values on their medical reports, while others become alarmed when they observe foamy urine. However, it's crucial to understand that the occurrence of foam in urine doesn't necessarily indicate kidney issues. This article explores the various aspects of proteinuria, its causes, and the importance of early...

The Vital Importance of the Microalbuminuria Test: What You Should Know

What is a microalbuminuria (MAU) test? You probably have or will have a test if your doctor thinks you could be at risk for kidney illness or damage. The test determines how much albumin is in your urine through a urine sample. Your body requires the protein albumin to support tissue repair and cell proliferation. It typically exists in blood. It may indicate kidney impairment if your urine contains a particular amount...