Vivoo’s Kidney Box is one of the main parameters. It helps to keep track of the kidneys and shows the state of kidney function based on proteins in the urine.
Why Kidneys Are So Important
Our kidneys play essential roles to make our body function properly, including:
- Removing wastes from the body
- Filtering the blood plasma
- Releasing hormones to control blood pressure
- Stimulating red blood cell production
- Activating vitamin D to maintain bone health.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
If the kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should, kidney disease may occur. There are usually no symptoms in its early stages. However, if the damage is not treated for a long period of time, it can become chronic.
Chronic kidney disease is a major health problem that affects approximately 13 percent of the United States population. Today, one in three American adults are at risk for kidney disease. Around 30 million American adults have kidney disease, and most of them don’t even know it yet.
Risk Factors of CKD
CKD can be caused by:
- High cholesterol
- Environmental poisons
Some factors increase the risk of developing CKD, such as:
- Family history
- Inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption
Since early kidney disease usually doesn’t have any symptoms, people who have these risk factors should get tested.
How is CKD Detected?
CDK can be diagnosed via blood and urine tests. A blood test checks how well your kidneys are filtering your blood by looking at the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) while a urine test checks the urine protein (proteinuria), which is one of the first signs of kidney disease.
How Does Vivoo Measure and Track the Kidney Function
Urine is a key health indicator for many diseases, including chronic kidney disease. Healthy kidneys usually do not allow the
protein to pass through their filters. However, if filters are damaged by kidney disease, protein leaks from the blood into the urine.
Vivoo’s kidney parameter measures the level of protein in the urine. Small fluctuations of protein levels in the urine are not a cause for concern since they may be temporary due to exercise, stress, or fever. But a high amount of urine protein (or proteinuria), especially in the long term, may indicate that there is a kidney problem.
Vivoo lets you track kidney function weekly, see any risk or reduction in optimal kidney function, and give nutritional advice accordingly.