Kidneys and Lungs: How are they related?

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering excess fluids and waste products from your blood. This waste is then eliminated in your urine. Chronic kidney failure refers to the loss of kidney function over months or years. In advanced stages, dangerous levels of wastes and fluids back up in your body. This condition is also called chronic kidney disease.

On many occasions, people who are Chronic Kidney Disease Patients also suffer from Lung/Pulmonary issues. As both kidneys and lungs are responsible for excretion of unwanted substances from our body, hence both are related, this results in a problem in one organ if the other is not functioning. If you’re in the early stages of chronic kidney failure, you may or may not have symptoms. Many of the early signs of kidney failure can be confused with other illnesses and conditions. This makes diagnosis difficult.

Both kidney and lungs are responsible to maintain pH balance of the blood. Id there is a slight variation in blood pH level, our body starts malfunctioning. The Kidneys are mainly responsible for excreting waste from our body in the liquid form, while the lungs are responsible for excreting the waste through gaseous form. Whenever, our kidneys start to malfunction, our lungs start to work over time in order to excrete the waste which is building up in our body over the course of time. Now in order to help the lungs continue working in the normal manner we must help the lungs externally. We can do this by practicing yoga and breathing exercises. CKD leads to the kidneys functioning at a lower capacity than normal, leading to the lungs over-exerting itself to keep up normal body balance. In order to support the lung so that it continues working optimally we must keep up breathing exercises and yoga practices.

Kidney involvement causes blood in the urine, but if the amount is very small, blood may not be visible. Kidney involvement also causes blood pressure to increase. The symptoms related to the lungs and the kidneys may not occur at the same time. Occasionally symptoms are severe enough to cause the lungs to fail (respiratory failure), and people have severe difficulty breathing and bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis). When the lungs fail, the tissues of the body do not receive enough oxygen, and the person may die.

Patients who suffer from CKD may also face issues related to the lungs. The human body has two main organs for excretion, viz. the kidneys and the lungs. If we compare our body to a machine, and the organs to the various parts in a machine; then we can assume that all the various parts need to work in tandem in order for the machine to work without any hiccups. Now, in CKD patients the kidneys are not working at their optimum level, naturally the lungs have to work overtime in order to make-up for the under-performing kidneys. Our kidneys get rid of the impurities in our body and extra fluid as well, the lungs on the other hand get rid of carbon di-oxide from our body through the respiration process.

Suppose one of our kidneys is not working properly, then the other kidney will be working overtime in order to compensate for the other kidney, however this is not enough in most cases and the lungs are also roped in to help the body get rid of its various impurities. This leads to the deterioration of our pulmonary health, which in turn may lead to pulmonary failure in the future. Failure of the two main excretory organs in our body leads to a plethora of other very serious health issues.

Our aim should be maintaining optimum working conditions of our various organs as much as possible. We can keep up our health status in various ways, although yoga practices have proven to be the most beneficial and consistent with the results after continued regular practice. Breathing exercises have benefitted CKD patients who have pulmonary issues as well. Apart from improving the renal and lung health in a patient, yoga has many other various health benefits for the long run. It has been observed that yoga has reduced hypertension, insomnia and has also improved diabetic health in patients.

Whatever the disease may be, be it CKD or something else entirely, when one organ stops working properly the other organs are also affected; however CKD and Lung diseases are very much related to each other and any change in one of these organs impacts the other as well. Hence, we must always be aware of what is going on inside our body, this will help in the early detection of any disease and may as well help in preventing the onset of any other health issues. However, yoga is a proven remedy and preventive method for everyone, especially CKD patients.

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Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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