Liver / Kidney Issues Specialist

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Health One Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Primary Care Physicians located in Irving, TX

Your liver and kidneys are vital organs that play critical roles in keeping you healthy. At Health One Family Medicine, Dr. Shalin Parikh and Dr. Shopana Ganpath are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating liver and kidney issues and have helped many men, women, and children of Irving, Texas, find relief from these conditions. The path to healing begins with a thorough diagnostic exam. Online scheduling makes finding a convenient appointment time easy, or you can call and speak to a member of the friendly office staff.

Liver / Kidney Issues Q & A

What is liver disease?

The liver is your largest internal organ and performs numerous tasks to maintain your health:

  • Produces protein
  • Enables blood clotting
  • Metabolizes glucose, iron, and cholesterol
  • Processes toxins

Liver disease can be a genetic condition or result from lifestyle choices or certain viruses.

What are the symptoms of liver disease?

Some symptoms of liver disease are common to other health issues, which is why you should contact Health One Family Medicine for a thorough diagnostic exam if you notice any troubling changes in your health.

The symptoms of liver disease include:

  • Yellowed skin or eyes
  • Pain or swelling in your abdomen
  • Pale or dark stools
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen ankles or legs
  • Dark urine
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting

What is kidney disease?

Your kidneys are essential to your overall health. Your kidneys function to:

  • Create a balance of minerals and water in your blood
  • Manufacture renin and erythropoietin
  • Flush waste from your blood
  • Create vitamin D

Severe and possibly life-threatening health problems can develop when your kidneys don't function properly.

What causes kidney damage?

Your kidneys can sustain damage from numerous causes, including:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Severe dehydration
  • Enlarged prostate in men
  • Complications of pregnancy in women
  • Certain drugs or toxins
  • Sepsis
  • Autoimmune disease

How are liver and kidney problems treated?

Your personalized treatment plan depends on the causes and your overall health. If a specific disease or infection is the problem, addressing that factor is the primary treatment goal.

If you have liver or kidney damage as a result of lifestyle choices, pursuing healthier habits forms the basis of your treatment path. Dr. Parikh recommends activities and habits that better support your overall health and wellness. Fortunately, lifestyle changes can go a long way toward resolving liver and kidney problems.

Finding the best possible treatment relies on a proper diagnosis. Any time you notice significant changes in your health, it’s important to schedule a diagnostic examination. Early detection of liver and kidney issues allows Dr. Parikh to begin your treatment sooner, avoiding the complications and organ damage that results from delayed care.

To learn more about liver and kidney health, or for a diagnostic exam, book an appointment today with Health One Family Medicine.