What is kidney disease and can young people get it?

Kidney disease happens when your kidneys no longer work well. The job of your kidneys is to clean waste out of the body. So if they don’t do their job well, it means waste will build up in the body, making you very sick. In the early stages of kidney disease there are no symptoms, so you may not know if you have it. But once it gets worse you may have the following symptoms:

  • Tiredness
  • Swollen ankles and feet
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blood in your pee

Many think that only old people can get kidney disease, but this is not true – young people can also get it, especially if they have diabetes or high blood pressure that is not treated. If you are a smoker, are obese, do not eat healthily or if you take many pills, then you have a higher chance of getting kidney disease.

If you are diagnosed with kidney disease, it is important to treat it as soon as possible. One way of treating kidney disease is by dialysis, which is a medical process that purifies the blood. If kidney disease is not treated, this may lead to kidney failure which is very serious. Once someone has kidney failure, they will need a kidney transplant otherwise they will die.

For more information on other chronic diseases, read our article Chronic diseases that adolescents and young people should know about.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 10 June 2020 23:36

Hi I have been having sharp pains on my chest for over two years now and recently I started feeling like a baby is sitting on my chest is something seriously wrong

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 June 2020 10:04


You need to go to a clinic or doctor to get checked. They will tell you what is happening after checking you 

B-Wise User Jeniveve 6 April 2020 00:58

I did pee blood what must I do

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 April 2020 16:41


Please go to your nearest clinic or doctor to get checked because there could be many reasons for this but it's not normal if you are not on your period.

B-Wise User anonymous 12 22 November 2019 23:34

i got tested the said i have kidney is infected and i have to much protein what must i do

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 November 2019 11:00

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best that you eat a healthy diet and drink alot of water 

B-Wise User KaMor Phege 1 June 2019 22:55

what are drop symptoms?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 June 2019 08:27

Hi there, thank you for your question you can get all your answers on STI's right here https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti 

B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 15:08

Hi I want to ask about why does sometimes see blood when I pee and not just blood but too much blood about a day then it disappear..?

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 February 2019 14:17

Hi thank you for your question, it could be any reason why you may be experiencing blood in your pee. Its important for you visit your local doctor or nurse and get checked out.