Slowing Kidney Disease
There is no known cure for chronic kidney disease, and it will worsen over time, but if caught early, there are many things you can do to slow the progress of the disease :
- Control your blood pressure – Your doctor may prescribe medications if you have high blood pressure. You also will need to limit the sodium in your diet since sodium can raise your blood pressure.
- Protein – Healthy kidneys filter the waste from foods out of the body, but keep the protein to help repair muscle and fight diseases. If you have kidney disease, your doctor may recommend limiting the amount of protein in your diet so that the kidneys are not working too hard.
- Potassium – Normal kidney function balances the amount of potassium in the blood. With chronic kidney disease, your potassium level may become elevated, which can lead to problems with your heart.
- Smoking – Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of developing kidney disease, and also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke for kidney disease patients.
- Control your blood glucose level – High glucose levels in the blood can overwork and damage the kidneys so that over time the filters in the kidneys may begin to leak and valuable protein is lost in the urine. Once the kidneys begin to fail, your Adena physician may recommend you begin dialysis. Dialysis substitutes the function of the kidney by artificially cleansing the blood.
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