While the only way to know for sure is to get your blood and urine tested, here are some of the early symptoms which could help you detect kidney disease:
One of the first signs of kidney disease could be that you feel unusually weak or dizzy, due to a build-up of toxins in your blood.
This build-up of toxins may also lead to you feeling too full or too tired to eat. You may even lose weight because of this.
- Swelling in your hands, legs, feet, or puffiness around the eyes
Likewise, the excess fluid and sodium may lead to edema in your lower extremities or even your eyes.
- Changes in how your urine looks
Traces of blood or your urine becoming foamy can be signs of kidney damage.
If you experience one or more signs of kidney disease, it is best to consult your general practitioner to be on the safe side, even though this may be due to other reasons.
Additionally, if you are in one of the situations below, you should get tested annually for kidney disease:
- you are older than age 60
- you have a history of kidney failure in your family
- you have high blood pressure or diabetes