Glossary

Kidney health glossary
Kidney health glossary – reading off the same page

Kidney Health Glossary

Whenever I start a new blog that has scientific content I install a glossary. The problem is that it’s hard to write for an audience with different degrees of expertise. I assume I write for the average kind of person that knows what’s going on but might not have detailed technical knowledge. A glossary is a simple way of creating a level playing field, ensuring that most people can access the information in the blog postings. There are however two problems, firstly remembering to update it (that’s my job) and secondly getting the right balance. You can help me with the second point by highlighting any terms you think should be included here.

Terms related to kidney health

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – CKD is a blanket term for a wide range of health issues that impact on the normal working of the kidneys such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high levels of cholesterol, infections, polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, prolonged use of certain medication.

Glomeruli – Clusters of blood vessels and fibres that act as filters in the kidney body.

Glomerulonephritis – Is a condition where the tiny filters contained in the kidneys (glomeruli) stop working properly, this typically leads to a retention of creatinine and a release of protein in the urine.

Polycystic kidney disease – is a genetic condition leading to the development of multiple cysts in your kidneys.