Spartanburg Nephrology Associates has been providing quality Nephrology care for the Spartanburg and surrounding areas since 1989. We are currently staffed with three Nephrologists covering one medical office, two hospitals, one rehab institute and serve as Medical Directors at six dialysis clinics. Our physicians are dedicated to providing each patient the best possible care in a compassionate and friendly environment.
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The study and treatment of kidney disease
A physician who specializes in the treatment of kidney disease
A disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both family history and environmental factors appear to play roles.
There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States (7% of our population) who have diabetes. While 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people are unaware that they even have diabetes.
Health risk factors for diabetes include: overweight, over 45 years of age, have a family history of diabetes, metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, history of gestational diabetes, polycystic ovary disease, habitually inactive, or have a history of vascular disease (such as stroke).
Most common side effects from diabetes include: heart disease (65% of death from diabetes id due to heart disease and stroke), blood vessel damage or nerve damage may lead to food problems that can lead to amputations, blindness, kidney failure, and even gum disease.
Your heart beats about 100,000 times each day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through your vessels. The force of blood against the walls of your vessels, plus your vessels’ resistance to blood flow, create blood pressure.
Keeping your blood pressure from getting too high is important. With a normal blood pressure, your blood can move more easily through your body. This may help you avoid damage to your blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. It may also reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack, and other serious health problems.
More than 65 million Americans have high blood pressure. While you may not feel any symptoms, unmanaged high blood pressure may put you at risk for serious medical conditions. Because you often don’t have any symptoms, this is why high blood pressure is often called the “silent killer”.
High blood pressure cannot be cured, but it can be managed. The factors beyond your control are your gender, age, race, and family history. The factors that you can control are smoking, stress, physical inactivity, obesity, and a poor diet that is high in salt intake.
High blood pressure affects your kidneys by narrowing the arteries going to the kidneys. This causes the kidneys not to get the blood flow that they need to function properly.
Consult your doctor to determine you blood pressure.