New Found Ulcer Risk In Chronic Kidney Disease Patients And Strategies To Reduce Occurrences

stomach ulcers.jpg

Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are at a significantly increased risk of peptic (stomach)  ulcers, according to a study reported in Renal and Urology News on February 27th, 2014. Medical University researchers found that from 1998 to 2008, the incidence of stomach ulcers increased from 13.2 to 19.8 for every 1,000 people with CKD. This is significantly higher than the non-CKD ulcer-patient ratio at only 1.1 to 2.0 per 1,000 persons yearly.

Recommended Reading: CKD Patients' High Rate Of Acid Reflux May Be Leading To Serious Complications

Ulcers have many negative side effects including but not limited to weight loss, hernia, hypotension (low blood pressure), poor nutrient absorption, and severe diarrhea. As compared to the general population, CKD patients not yet on Hemodialysis (HD) were 3.8 times more likely to acquire stomach ulcers while those on HD had an average 9.7 times higher risk of stomach ulcers. Researchers suggest, "that CKD itself is a strong independent risk factor for PUD [ulcers], and the incidence of PUD [ulcers] among elderly CKD patients is substantially increasing.”

Recommended Reading: How to Avoid Feeling Nauseous and Lethargic After Dialysis

Still the study highlighted the fact that CKD patients receiving a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) (pain reliever) or clopidogrel (blood thinner) were at particularly high risk of ulcers when compared with CKD patients not taking such medications. Among subjects taking a NSAID or clopidogrel, non-HD CKD patients had a 4.6 or 3.1 times increased ulcer risk, respectively.

Recommended Reading: Significant Portion Of ESRD Patients Suffer Severe Pain: How To Control Without Fear Of Addiction

Surprisingly, if you had CKD and were taking aspirin, you would not be increasing your risk for ulcers, which is ironic since aspirin is a leading pain killer. So in order to reduce your risk, the best thing you can do is talk to your Nephrologists about using aspirin in replacement of other more dangerous pain relievers and safer blood thinners. If you are unable to take aspirin or substitute your medication for some reason, be sure to talk with your Nephrologists about other options you have to protect yourself from ulcers. 

Recommended Reading: Can Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Reduce the Risk from Over-the -Counter Painkillers?

Every day, KidneyBuzz.com is sharing relevant and breaking News & Information for those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes. Visit us often and do not forget to download our FREE cookbook from our Freebees section. Also, if you found this article useful we ask that you help us to assist others and share it  on Facebook, Twitter and through email. 

Most Popular Stories: 

New Study: Are 20 Doses A Day Too Much Of A Burden Or Just Right For CKD Patients?
Foods Many Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Thought Were Off Limits Are Now Found To Be "OK"
FDA Makes Major Changes That Positively Impact Those With Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetes

References:

Charnow, Jody A. "CKD Raises Peptic Ulcer Disease Risk." Http://www.renalandurologynews.com/. Renal & Urology News.

"Side Effects of Surgery for a Stomach Ulcer." Http://www.livestrong.com/. LIVESTRONG.COM.

PURCHASE YOUR $5.00 "NO BLOOD PRESSURE (BP)/NO NEEDLE STICK (STICK)" MEDICAL ALERT BRACELET.CLICK HERE.

PURCHASE YOUR $5.00 "NO BLOOD PRESSURE (BP)/NO NEEDLE STICK (STICK)" MEDICAL ALERT BRACELET.CLICK HERE.

PURCHASE YOUR $5.00 DIET AND LIFE MANAGEMENT GUIDE TO SUPPORT KIDNEYBUZZ.COM AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH OUTCOMES. CLICK HERE. 

PURCHASE YOUR $5.00 DIET AND LIFE MANAGEMENT GUIDE TO SUPPORT KIDNEYBUZZ.COM AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH OUTCOMES. CLICK HERE. 

DIALYSIS IS A BIG PAIN IN THE A_ _ T-SHIRT (ARM, BUT I LIKE THE WAY YOU THINK). CLICK HERE.

DIALYSIS IS A BIG PAIN IN THE A_ _ T-SHIRT (ARM, BUT I LIKE THE WAY YOU THINK). CLICK HERE.

DIALYSIS DAMNED IF YOU DO, DEAD IF YOU DON'T! DIALYSIS SHIRT. CLICK HERE.

DIALYSIS DAMNED IF YOU DO, DEAD IF YOU DON'T! DIALYSIS SHIRT. CLICK HERE.

WOMAN'S DIALYSIS T-SHIRT. CLICK HERE. 

WOMAN'S DIALYSIS T-SHIRT. CLICK HERE.