Have you been recently diagnosed with a kidney condition and want to learn how to manage it? Are you worried that things may slip out of your hands further? As chronic kidney disease (CKD) progresses, it can lead to complications like heart and bone diseases, fluid build-up, anaemia, and hyperkalaemia (high potassium). Diagnosis of a chronic condition can be a daunting prospect. However, there are always ways to slow down the progress of such a condition. Read on to learn about the different ways in which you can take care of your kidneys.1,2
Medicines can do the trick
After your diagnosis, your doctor will prescribe medications that will help manage your condition. Each of them is equally important. However, as much as you hate taking medicines, you need to take them. Your doctors may prescribe medicines called ACE inhibitors as the first line of treatment. These medicines not only control your blood pressure but also keep the kidneys in optimal condition.1
Have the right mindset
Evidence suggests that providing a little health education to everyone can reduce the number of visits to the doctor’s clinic. Having the mindset of care and love towards your body promotes healthier behaviours. Don’t let the CKD diagnosis keep you away from your health goals. At the same time, make sure you do not overdo it; after all, it’s not recommended that you bench press heavyweights. Maintain a 20-30 minute exercise routine a few times a week. Incorporate different kinds of workouts, such as aerobics and weight training. This will not only delay the onset of heart disease but also keep a check on diabetes.1
Eat the right foods
With the limitations that a CKD diet places on your food, maintaining a well-balanced diet can be challenging. Improper nutrition can, in turn, further complicate the scenario. Therefore, it becomes essential to pay attention to what and how much food you put into your body. You may have been a protein junky before; however, now you need to be mindful of your protein intake. Consult a dietician who can give you more personalised advice on the amount of protein you should take, depending on your body type. The importance of going low on salt cannot be emphasised enough. What salt does to your kidneys is precisely what the medicines are trying to avoid. A low-salt diet will prevent fluid build-up in the body. Eating foods that are beneficial for your heart is equally important. You can read more about heart-healthy foods here.1,2
Take control of your blood pressure
A study carried out by the National Institute of Health, USA, showed that keeping your blood pressure under control can reduce the risk of heart failure by 25%.1 This gives you enough reason to take long breaths and calm those nerves. No issue is worth letting your blood pressure rise, setting off a chain reaction to put more load on your kidneys. Make sure you take your medications for hypertension regularly. Controlling your blood pressure is, in fact, the most effective way to slow the progression of chronic kidney disorder.1,2
Set your vitals right
With the progression of kidney disease, a condition called albuminuria tends to develop. It is characterised by increased levels of the protein albumin in the urine. The medications prescribed by your doctor can do a good job of keeping this in check. At the same time, losing a little weight and following a more kidney-friendly diet can be a great way to prevent the risk of albuminuria. Another good way of controlling albuminuria is to control your blood glucose. Speak to your doctor if you need to take any additional steps to set your blood glucose right.1
In a nutshell, a positive perspective towards medicines and mindfulness while eating can keep the load off your kidneys. So, start today, take these self-empowering steps towards cutting away the complications of a kidney disorder to stay healthy.
- Slow progression & reduce complications [Internet]. [cited 2019 Sep 20]. Available from: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/communication-programs/nkdep/identify-manage-patients/manage-ckd/slow-progression-reduce-complications.
- Complications of CKD [Internet]. [cited 2019 Sep 20]. Available from: http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-disease/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd/complications/.