If you or someone you love is living with kidney disease, it’s important to know there are many ways you can manage it. When your kidney function declines and you’re diagnosed with kidney disease, the first step you take will be focused on slowing additional damage to your kidneys and renal system.
Five ways to manage kidney disease
Stay in close contact with your doctors
Kidney disease is a serious condition and your doctors need to know about any changes in your health as they happen. Regular communication with your doctors will help you get the best medical care, treatment and medication. It will also help you cope with the changing demands of the disease.
Eat for a diabetic lifestyle
Limiting certain ingredients in your diet like sodium, phosphorous and potassium can help slow the effects of kidney disease. Avoid foods like cured or canned meats, nuts, whole grains, dairy, dark leafy greens, potatoes, avocados and mushrooms. You’ll also want to look for hidden phosphates in bottled drinks or iced tea. Reducing protein can help reduce the amount of work your kidneys have to do each day. Many people who suffer from kidney disease are also required to limit their fluid intake to avoid fluid retention in the body.
Manage blood pressure and diabetes
These are two main causes of kidney disease. Monitoring your blood pressure regularly with an at-home kit, or a drug store that offers free blood pressure checks and making adjustments to your diet and daily activity will help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level and control your diabetes — both of which help slow damage to your kidneys.
Keep a healthy lifestyle
Make sure you are getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco products. In addition to living a healthy lifestyle, you may also need regular tests to determine how well your kidneys are working.
Take medications as prescribed
Most people who suffer from kidney disease will need multiple medications to assist with kidney function and manage other health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Kidney medication helps make it easier for them to function, and helps them function as well as they can.
If you’re interested in learning more about dialysis treatment, or how to effectively manage kidney disease, please contact the experienced doctors at South Texas Renal Care Group. We are ready to support your kidney health and provide compassionate care during your treatments. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 210-212-8622.