Women with PCOS are particularly at risk from developing diabetes, which, in turn, is the leading cause of chronic kidney failure.
Better management of PCOS symptoms via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise to control weight can help prevent the onset of diabetes. But if you have PCOS that has already progressed to diabetes, knowing the warning signs of kidney disease is vital because it can lead to early diagnosis and preventative steps for good renal health.
These latter measures can include controlling high blood pressure (hypertension) – a classic symptom of PCOS – and keeping blood glucose levels on an even keel with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Watch out for these symptoms of the possible onset of kidney disease:
- Increased or decreased urination
- Blood in urine
- Pain that radiates from the side to the lower back
- Puffiness or swelling of the legs, feet, arms, hands or face
- Excessively itchy skin
- Unexplained fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained feelings of being cold
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unexplained weight loss
- Decreased appetite
Seek your doctor’s advice if you experience any of these symptoms regularly.