CSRA (WFXG) - Chronic kidney disease is a worldwide health crisis in which some 3.5 million Americans are affected by some form.
"Their life changes a lot when they become end-stage, which means when they are on dialysis. But even before that, their blood pressure will be out of control, if they are diabetic they will have problems with diabetes, the other symptoms are they are tired. Kidney disease affects the hemoglobin level and they become more anemic," explains Doctor Afzal.
The only way to know if you have kidney disease is by seeing your physician for blood tests.
"Kidney disease can be considered a silent killer actually. You might not have any symptoms until you are about to start the dialysis, that is the tricky part."
Doctor Afzal suggests those who are a part of the high-risk groups, to invest in a blood pressure cuff and check their blood pressure every two weeks. If they notice their blood pressure is high, then they need to speak to a doctor.