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How Long Does An Elderly Patient Live with Stage 4 CKD

2014-05-26 01:22| Font Size A A A

How Long Does An Elderly Patient Live with Stage 4 CKDAn elderly patient with Stage 4 CKD (chronic kidney disease) has a poor prognosis and kidney function has dropped quite a lot if left untreated. How long does an elderly patient live with stage 4 chronic kidney disease? This question is very individual and varies from person to person. Actually, there is no way to know how long an elderly patient will survive with any stages of kidney disease, but I can tell you how to keep kidney disease from getting worse so as to prolong life expectancy.

Patients with stage 4 chronic kidney disease still have about 15~29% kidney function. If left untreated, it will progress into end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in which patients’ life is at high risk at any time. In this case, dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed in the near future. The average life span of renal dialysis is just about 5 years and kidney transplant of renal survival rate is more than 90% a year, and five years of renal survival reaches 90%, and ten years’ survival rate is above 60%. This is just an average data and it cannot be applied to every patient.

There are many factors can influence the life expectancy, such as the patients’ age, gender, underlying cause, diets, life habits and treatment as well as other complications like cardiovascular disease. Therefore, as long as you have a reasonable diet and good control of symptoms, your lifespan will be enhanced. How to manage your lifestyles and your illness condition ?

1. Have proper diets and healthy lifestyles. Due to severe decline of kidney function, the patients in this stage should have strict diet rules in their life. A general suggestion on diet and lifestyle is as following:

--low but high quality protein diet

--less salt intake

--fluid restriction

--limit intake of potassium and phosphorus.

--avoid smoking and drinking alcohol

2. Control the symptoms and complications of kidney disease.

Stage 4 kidney disease patients have numerous symptoms and complications such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, severe swelling, skin itching, anemia, abnormal urine output, bone problems, heart disease and so on. For example, a patient is passing little or no urine, then the survival rate will decrease. And high blood pressure is the main cause of kidney disease. Therefore, a well control of blood pressure will make a significant effect on treating kidney disease.

3. Improve kidney function from the root.

In order to improve kidney function from the root, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is recommended to you. The active ingredients of Chinese herbs can be absorbed by kidney lesions through skin. And this therapy is able to expand blood vessels, prevent inflammation and repair damaged kidney tissues and cells. Only kidney function comes back to normal, can your lifespan improve.

Either young or elderly patients with stage 4 kidney disease, they should have a timely and effective treatment to prevent worsening of illness condition. More information, please talk with our online doctors or leave a message below directly.

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