Nephrology is the medical specialty which focuses on the treatment of kidney conditions and abnormalities. A physician who practices nephrology is called a nephrologist. Community Care Physicians has two Nephrology practices, conveniently located in Schenectady and Slingerlands.
Conditions Treated / Tests Offered
- Chronic kidney disease through end stage renal disease
- Renal cysts
- Vitamin-D Deficiency
- Acute renal failure
- Nephrotic Syndrome
- Metabolic Acidosis
What Are My Kidneys For?
Your kidneys are primarily responsible for removing wastes, drugs and toxins from your body. They regulate your body’s water content and the chemicals within your blood, such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Your kidneys also release hormones into your blood stream to help your body regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells and promote strong bones.
About Chronic Kidney Disease
More than 20 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most don’t know it. CKD includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy. If the kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems can occur slowly, over a long period of time.
Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse. However, early kidney disease rarely has symptoms. This is why it’s so important to be tested regularly by your doctor for kidney damage.
Diabetes and CKD
About 1/3 of people with diabetes may get chronic kidney disease. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease and accounts for 45% of kidney failure. Early kidney damage from diabetes can be found by a test that checks for a tiny amount of protein, called microalbuminuria, in the urine. If you have diabetes, it is important to be tested for kidney damage by your doctor.