Patients with a diagnosis like Alport syndrome often feel helpless to impact the outcome of their own health. While there are some things patients cannot change, there are many things they can influence.
Until recently most doctors thought that Alport syndrome was an untreatable disease. Although there is currently no treatment proven to prevent the development of kidney failure in people with Alport syndrome, early diagnosis is essential as there are medications to delay the progression of the disease.
November is traditionally the month when an emphasis is placed on men’s health issues, particularly those conditions which are preventable or where early treatment can make a significant difference – conditions like Alport syndrome.