Vivoo Kidney Box

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Vivoo’s Kidney Box helps you keep track of your kidneys and shows the state of kidney function by analyzing the proteins present in your urine.

Kidneys

The kidneys are critical organs located at the waist level on both sides of the body. A decreased kidney function can occur in some instances. The kidneys failing can lead to several health implications. The first is the abnormal retention of water and/or waste materials within the body, while the second is the dysfunctional synthesis of certain hormones

Importance of Kidneys

  • Filter harmful and excrete wasteful materials, such as urea 
  • Keep the levels of sodium, potassium, and magnesium in balance
  • Regulate blood pressure with the help of renin, a hormone secreted by the kidneys
  • Balance the calcium-phosphorus ratio in the blood, which helps ensure healthy bones 

What are the Causes of Kidney Diseases?

The most common causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. In addition, some kidney abnormalities can result from the kidney’s structure and size. 

kidneys

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Chronic kidney failure (CKD) involves a gradual loss of kidney function. You might have few signs or symptoms in the early stages of CKD. In other words: you may not realize that you have kidney disease until the condition is advanced, which is unfortunate because CKD – depending on its cause – could potentially progress to end-stage kidney failure, where the kidneys don’t work anymore. 

Symptoms of CKD include:

  • Change in the amount of urine, frequent urination
  • Swelling in feet and ankles
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep problems 

Risk Groups for CKD

According to studies, CKD is more common in individuals who:

  • Are above age 60
  • Are obese
  • Smoke
  • Have kidney stones
  • Have untreated urinary tract infections
  • Are diabetic
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have cardiovascular disease

CKD affects more than one in seven persons in the United States. Approximately 9 out of 10 persons that have CKD are unaware of their condition. That makes up around 37 million people. More worrying still, around 2 in 5 persons have severe CKD – and are unaware of their condition. CKD is more common in adults over 65 years old (38%) than in people 45–64 years old.

Detection of CKD

CKD can be diagnosed with blood and urine tests. The blood test measures the levels of waste products called creatinine in your blood to determine how many milliliters of waste your kidneys can filter in a minute. There’s a term for this waste-filtering rate, and it’s called the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Imaginably, GFR is an indicator of your kidney functions. On the other hand, the urine test checks the levels of protein in your urine

Possible Results:

Here’s how to interpret your Vivoo test results:

Score: 10/10, Label: Great, Value: 0 mg/mmol Protein/Creatinine

If your result reads “great”, it means that your kidney health is in good condition. That said, you should still be mindful of maintaining kidney health – and should also have your kidney values checked regularly.

Score: Between 9/10 to 6/10, Label: Moderate, Value: 0 < X ≤ 150 mg/mmol Protein/Creatinine

If your result reads “moderate”, it means your urine contains small amounts of protein. Proteinuria may occasionally occur in healthy people due to stress, exercise, fever, medication, or exposure to cold. If any of these conditions apply to you, use Vivoo to analyze your urine again once they’ve passed to see if proteinuria is still present. Note that lifestyle changes can help normalize albumin levels.

Score: Between 5/10 to 1/10 Label: Weak, Value: > 150 mg/mmol Protein/Creatinine

If your test result reads “weak”, it means that your urine contains high concentrations of albumin. This may indicate a decrease in kidney function. If the weak level persists, you could be at risk of developing kidney disease. 

If the result labels you get using the Vivoo strip test read “moderate” and/or “weak”, consider adopting the following lifestyle changes to prevent further progression of kidney disease:

  • Control your high blood pressure and blood sugar
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Drink enough fluids
  • Lose weight
  • Exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid certain pain relievers
  • Get tested regularly if you belong to any of the high-risk groups

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6 Responses

  1. Very valuable information, it is not at all blogs that we find this, congratulations. I was looking for something like that and found it here.

  2. Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  3. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a really good article…

    1. Hi Sanaz, thank you for your interest in Vivoo. It is good to ensure adequate daily fluid intake to protect kidney health in the long term, not consume excessive salt, and avoid packaged foods. At the same time, antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits, quality protein sources, and whole grains support kidney health.

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