Self Test: How Well Are You Going to the Bathroom?

Known as the body’s filtering system, your kidneys play a vital role in your general health by constantly cleansing the blood of its waste products and excess fluid. In fact, on an average day, over 120 quarts of your blood will make its way through your kidneys, with the essentials separated out to return to the bloodstream and the rest sent to the bladder as urine.

Day and night, asleep or awake, your kidneys are always on call. But how would you know if they weren’t doing their job? Unfortunately, you may not know until it’s almost too late.

That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs of failing kidneys. And since urine output is a direct function of your kidneys, it’s best to start there.

Frequent Urination

If you find yourself getting up to use the bathroom more during the night than you used to, be aware because that’s an early symptom of possible kidney disease. While you may consider more of an inconvenience at the time, it’s not something to ignore.

Painful Urination

If you find that it’s difficult (or even painful) to pass urine, or you notice it’s darker or unusually foamy, these are also signs of potential kidney damage and should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.

Other Symptoms of Failing Kidneys

If your kidneys are not removing the excess fluid from the blood like they’re supposed to, you may also notice some swelling of the hands, feet, and face as that fluid becomes trapped within the body. Fatigue, lack of focus, and even skin rashes can result from failing kidneys.

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, make an appointment at your nearest AppleCare clinic and stop in for an evaluation. Your best defense against kidney disease, like so many others, is early detection.