Chronic kidney diseases account for most kidney disease. Kidney function decreases gradually during chronic kidney disease over the years and may eventually lead to permanent kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease. Chronic kidney disease doesn't usually show symptoms until decreased kidney function starts causing serious health problems, so ask your doctor about routine screening that can detect kidney disease early. Chronic kidney diseases aren't curable, but treatment can slow their progression and relieve symptoms.
Michael F Magpile, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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How do high homocysteine levels affect my arteries?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredHomocysteine is an amino acid by-product of the metabolism of protein and can build up in the blood. As you age, your homocysteine levels increase. No one is exactly sure how homocysteine ages your arteries, other than by causing inflammation of the arteries, but it is well established that people with high homocysteine levels have considerably higher levels of inflammatory arterial disease and much greater damage from plaque deposits on the arteries than those who don't have high levels of homocysteine.
Some theories are that high levels of homocysteine seem to disturb the endothelium, the inner lining of the artery. Some scientists believe that homocysteine causes small openings between the endothelial cells that make up the inner lining of your arteries, leading to deterioration of the arterial wall, buildup of plaque, and inflammation.
Other theories on how homocysteine ages your arteries may also be correct. Homocysteine may decrease the production of relaxing factors that allow the blood vessels to dilate. It may also stimulate blood clots by changing the shape or form of cells that make up the epithelium. In addition, homocysteine might oxidize low-density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol; remember "L" for lousy), promoting plaque buildup along the walls of arteries. Although we don't know all the reasons, an established link exists between high homocysteine levels and arterial aging.
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Is there any connection between spirituality and heart disease?
Michael T. Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered
Researcher Jeff Levin, Ph.D., author of God, Faith, and Health, is recognized as one of the leading researchers in spirituality and health. As a first-year graduate student in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Levin became intrigued by two articles that found a surprising and significant connection between spirituality and heart disease, a connection that remains one of the best-researched areas of the positive effects of religious behavior on health. His curiosity led to an in-depth evaluation and pioneering research on the impact of religious practices on disease. In God, Faith, and Health, Dr. Levin notes that there are more than 50 studies in which religious practices were found to be protective against cardiovascular disease, including death due to heart attacks and strokes as well as against numerous risk factors such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In particular, Dr. Levin highlights the strong inverse correlation between strong religious commitment and blood pressure that was evident no matter what religion an individual chose to practice or his or her geographical location or ancestry.
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