Kidney Disease And Poor Diet

Posted on December 15, 2010


I had a close family friend that died from kidney failure. It is in his memory that I am penning this blog.
Piecing it all together now seems as apparent as the nose on my face.
The morbid increase in kidney diseases and the proliferation of dialysis centers are a trend now.
Ludicrous as it seems, somehow, somewhere, I believe someone knew this was coming. Increasingly  research is linking systemic diseases to oral
infections, substance abuse and diet. In my years of practicing dentistry I have encountered many cases of kidney disease associated with one of, if not all three of these maladies. Some of the same microbes that have been detected in pathological  conditions affecting the kidneys are found in periodontal diseases.

It makes all the sense in the world; infections in the mouth are carried by the blood stream to distant organs and wreck havoc wherever they can.
If someone has a weakness in their kidneys (they function as the filtration system for the bloodstream), these microbes can find a home.
The damage they cause is dependent on the  health of the kidneys and the total health of the individual.

You are what you eat, and when it comes to kidneys the number one offender  in my opinion are sodas and processed foods. Let’s say for example an individual may have a family history of kidney disease, he or she drinks a six pack of sodas per week, smokes a half a pack of
cigarettes per day, has poor eating habits consisting of fast and processed foods and only goes to the dentist when a tooth ache occurs. It figures that sooner or later opportunistic organisms are going to affect his or her kidney function and more than likely they will end up on dialysis at some point in their life.

There are more scenarios that I could illustrate , but the point of the matter is
that unless you have a genetic disorder predisposing you to kidney failure there are actions you can take to prevent kidney problems.
Number one is diet control and an active lifestyle.

Happy Holidays And a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!