Women More Prone to Kidney Diseases than Men
Women are more prone to kidney diseases than men, mainly due to anatomical and physiological reasons. As a woman, you are at a greater risk of urinary infections and chronic kidney diseases (CKD) when compared to men.
Women are more prone to UTIs and Kidney Infections
UTIs or urine tract infections are more common in women. You as a woman, have small length of urethra, which adds to the risk of urine infections. If you have an active sexual life, you may also be at a risk of recurrent urine infection, which can often lead to affecting your kidneys as well. This can cause high fever and if prolonged, it may also lead to kidney failure.
Women are at a Greater Risk for CKD
More and more women are getting diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) these days. This suggests you are at an increased risk with 14% CKD prevalence in women versus 12% in men.
Stats quoted from The Times of India
As a women with CKD, you can experience irregular periods. If your kidney function reduces to less than 20% of the normal, you have very little chances of conceiving.
Pregnancy and Kidney Health
If you are diagnosed with urine infection during pregnancy, it may leave dangerous impact on your baby’s health too. This can lead to improper growth, premature delivery or death in some cases.
If you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and you are in the child-bearing age, you should not intake birth control pills, as it can lead to increase in blood pressure and worsen your kidney disease. Pregnancy with CKD adds to the risk of health and life for both the mother and the baby.
Women-Specific Kidney Diseases
Along with the common kidney diseases, there are certain issues specific to women when it comes to kidney health, such as hypertension, acute kidney failure during pregnancy and pregnancy-associated gestational diabetes.
Often, one thing can lead to another and normal medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or pregnancy can affect your kidneys. Thus, as a woman, you need to take care of your body to reduce your chances of developing diseases that put a strain on your kidneys.
Keep yourself hydrated, eat healthy food, exercise regularly, avoid supplements and get regular kidney function screening to ensure that your kidneys are in good health.
Take control of your kidneys as a woman. For any queries related to urine or kidney infections, talk to our specialists at PSRI Hospital: +91-9582261502 or visit us at http://www.psrihospital.com/speciality-detail/Urology