Web MD Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Kidneys?

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2014-11-11 02:54:44 -0600
Started 2014-10-28 20:13:39 -0500

One of the complications which PWDs (people with diabetes) may have is Kidney disease, so it is good to keep our kidneys in mind when we care for our diabetes. Here is a Quiz from WebMD which may help us do just that: ~ http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/rm-quiz-ki...

Praying all y'all do well on this quiz


92 replies

karen7t2 2014-11-09 18:43:53 -0600 Report

There are some interesting facts that I did not know here. Good to know.

jayabee52 2014-11-09 20:46:43 -0600 Report

that's why I posted this discussion
Glad you got some good of it

hound dog
hound dog 2014-11-10 13:08:44 -0600 Report

yes, pains in that area of right kidney, but pains and go. maybe neurophy acting up, or just musle strain?

jayabee52 2014-11-10 15:56:00 -0600 Report

Hound dog Kidneys are so fragile and since I must have dialysis to clean my blood, I urge you to get to check it out with your Dr ASAP!.
IT could be nothing, but it could be something serious which could be nipped in the bud if found quick enough.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-11-02 14:18:22 -0600 Report

James, much to my dismay, I missed 4 out of 10 ;-) I realized quickly I need to get some reading done. For your sake as much as mine. Don't worry, I'm sure that I will have tons of questions for you. I thank you
posting this discussion. We've all learned from it

jayabee52 2014-11-02 16:38:04 -0600 Report

That is disappointing, but is good that you are now aware of what you do not know. It is important to keep learning, IMHO, I am sure this will be the topic of several phone conversations in the future.



momtheteacher 2014-11-01 23:34:52 -0500 Report

Thanks for the link. I know my kidneys better than I thought. I have been diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease in the past, but my doctor says she can't find any sign of it now; praise God.

johio 2014-10-30 00:01:35 -0500 Report

I sure "know my kidneys." I should - I also have polycystic kidney disease. PKD is an hereditary disorder, I've known I had it for over 20 years. My son has also been diagnosed with it. It involves a dominant gene. Each child has a 50% chance of inheriting that gene and the kidney disorder. All of my siblings had/have it. All of my mother's siblings had it. The lucky one was my mother's eldest sister. While some of her children have been diagnosed with it, she herself wasn't diagnosed with the kidney disease. The cysts can destroy the kidneys and kidney function.No known cure. The only treatments are lowering blood pressure and trying to avoid complications. Nobody seems to know if there is any link between PKD and diabetes.

jayabee52 2014-10-30 10:27:51 -0500 Report

I am sorry to learn of your PKD. I pray that you can keep the destruction at bay for a long time. I take it that if the kidneys are trashed you will need dialysis?


johio 2014-10-31 00:11:49 -0500 Report

When your kidneys get trashed and can no longer perform their multiple jobs well enough, you need dialysis or a kidney transplant. My mother required dialysis the last few years of her life. She wasn't willing to try transplantation. Age and diabetes count against you in the +- considerations on a transplant list. The anti-rejection drugs have definitely improved over the past 20 years and I don't have her same fears about transplants. When and/or if the time comes, I will definitely consider it. My aunt lived much longer than my mother and never had the same kidney issues. My uncles had heart issues which are also tied to the same genetic issue. One died from a burst aneurysm in his brain. Thus, I have had MRI/MRA's to screen for aneurysms. So far, so good. PKD also causes cysts and weaknesses in other organs, such as liver, pancreas, veins and arteries, diverticula in bowels, etc. Disease varies in how and what and when it causes these problems, so you try to prevent as many as possible. No wonder I am so in favor of Obamacare. Pre-existing conditions have been an almost impossible block to affordable health insurance for me for decades. Medicaid has been my lifesaver. I have health care access, meds and screenings that have already prolonged my life and make it easier to take care of myself!

unojay 2014-10-29 18:16:11 -0500 Report

hey I got 9 right on my first try man I know my kidneys lol 200 gallon I didn't know that one…but I know now lol

Sunbun 2014-10-29 13:51:58 -0500 Report

So glad we don't need to do the over night thing for the kidney test anymore. They can do it when you get your A1C done. I am registered with Web MD & have recently taken the quiz & got a good score. PTL

Pegsy 2014-10-29 12:30:42 -0500 Report

100%! I recently suffered from a kidney stone so I got a crash course just a couple of weeks ago, LOL.

jayabee52 2014-10-29 13:29:07 -0500 Report

sorry to hear of your stone. I hear it really hurts a lot.

Great score!

Pegsy 2014-10-29 14:34:07 -0500 Report

It really does. I hope I never get another one. I encourage everyone to drink lots of water all the time. It isn't a guarantee but it can help prevent it.

mich2014 2014-10-29 10:57:59 -0500 Report

80% which is not bad think. Thanks James. Hope you are doing well.

jayabee52 2014-10-29 11:52:56 -0500 Report

Well it is a heck of a lot better than 50%

I am doing about as well as can be expected under the circumstances (cue song "I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in")

Thanks for asking.

txbumpkin3 2014-10-29 08:15:28 -0500 Report

Education is key to taking care of ourselves! Doctors advice and orders are vital, but we have to be our own advocates and take charge of our daily routines. We have to know what to watch for and what to report to the doctor. So educating ourselves is very important!! thanks for posting!

Dwight 2014-10-29 02:27:01 -0500 Report

I am so sick of having to deal with medical insurance companies and all of the restrictions the Affordable Care Act has imposed.

jayabee52 2014-10-29 11:43:54 -0500 Report

The PPACA is the most unaffordable piece of healthcare legislation since its inception, and I am afraid that it will be getting worse as the "train wreck" proceeds.

I have a co-pay on one of my meds of $500+ per month. Another is $1000 per month, but I have refused to fill it.

Dwight 2014-10-29 02:25:34 -0500 Report

James, I may have an advantage since my degree is in Biology and I have studied quite a bit of physiology. I scored 100%. Haven't been able to test for over two months because of a hang up with the suppliers and the insurance company over how or who is going to pay the bill, even though the testing supplies are supposed to be $0.00 co-pay.

Tripp3 2014-10-29 00:12:23 -0500 Report

90%, but I now have CKD III, so I have to know about it. I can't figure out easily how to reduce my potassium levels, it is not obvious, except for bananas or orange juice. but why can I eat tangerines? I also have Celiac, so my diet has to be planned. I remember as a kid with IDDM I only had to worry about sugar. With a pump and CGM, I don't have to worry about the sugar, just the other stuff.

jayabee52 2014-10-29 11:39:22 -0500 Report

There are lists of lower potassium foods. I look at them from time to time to refresh my memory. Here is a list of a low potassium query from Google ~ https://www.google.com/search?q=low+potassium... You can get some ideas there. And if you have problems with high potassium you can speak with your renal specialist about it and perhaps he can suggest taking calcium tablets (like Tums)

Another thing you need to watch would be phosphorus. That means no cola or Dr Pepper like drinks and also you can look here ~ https://www.google.com/search?q=low+phosphoru... to find low phosphorus foods.

Another thing to avoid is salt which makes you thirsty and burdens your kidneys with extra fluids.

I pray you will stay at CKD stage 3 for a good long time!


Tripp3 2014-10-29 12:02:16 -0500 Report

Thank you. I already am taking calcium supplements for osteoporosis, and the levels are watched carefully, as I have small kidney stones. I will have to look into the phosphorus topic (4.2 mg/dl). My sodium levels are barely above low normal (137 mEq/L). I will admit an addiction to diet cola, and have reduced that on the advice of my Hemotologist.

jayabee52 2014-10-29 12:10:07 -0500 Report

I used to be a Dr Pepper freak but have eliminated all cola and pepper drinks which have Phosphoric acid as an ingriedient. Reading labels one day I noticed certain jello products have the Phosphoric acid as a listed ingredient, and so have DC'd those as well.

Right now I am having trouble reducing my fluid intake and have been gatining up to 7 kg in fluid gain. I am working on that!

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