Those who struggle with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have enough to worry about without concerns over medical malpractice. Because so many people – an estimated 26 million in the United States – have chronic kidney disease, the chances for malpractice are abundant, and thousands of CKD patients have suffered needlessly as the result of medical malpractice. If you are a CKD patient, and if your condition has deteriorated because of an incident of medical malpractice, discuss your case at once with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
Another concern for CKD patients is diet. A new study claims that a diet high in sodium and potassium can make chronic kidney disease worse. Researchers tested urine samples from 4,000 CKD patients. They then estimated the daily intake of nutrients from these samples. They wanted to learn how sodium and potassium influence the progression of CKD. The researchers found that high levels of sodium and potassium in the urine were linked with faster progression of the disease. The researchers believe their findings may lead to new guidelines for how much sodium and potassium people with CKD should consume on a daily basis.
“These data warrant future clinical trials to test the effect of a moderate reduction in dietary sodium and potassium intake on CKD progression in patients with high dietary sodium or potassium intake,” the head researcher, Dr. Jiang He of Tulane University, said in a press release. The study was funded by the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and was published online in September in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Medical malpractice cannot cause kidney disease, but medical malpractice related to kidney disease – a misdiagnosis or an inappropriate treatment – can damage you seriously and even lead to kidney failure. If you are a victim of medical malpractice linked to kidney disease, don’t delay. Discuss your legal rights and options at once with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who works exclusively with kidney disease patients. Help is available, but you must make the call promptly.