Kidney diseases can worsen and damage the organs unless you take the appropriate measures to stop the progress of the disease. Not only will you be able to stop the decline of your kidney’s functions, but you will also be able to prevent the onset of related disorders such as hypertension, heart problems etc.
People who have contracted a kidney disease have to be extra-careful about the way they live their lives, but it is worth the effort.
Here are a few things you need to do to cope with a kidney disorder –
Monitor your kidney’s health
Since the possibility of the illness aggravating always exists, it is important to determine frequently how well your kidneys are functioning. For this, your doctor will recommend periodic GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) tests. The goal is to ensure that your GFR rate does not drop because a lower number means your kidneys are deteriorating. You will also have to lower the urine albumin level. There are medicines that doctors prescribe to keep this level constant or to bring it down if necessary.
Keep your blood pressure under check
Kidney diseases cause your blood pressure to shoot up. High blood pressure is dangerous for your kidneys because it will trigger further damage to your already-damaged kidneys. That is why it is vital to stabilize blood pressure.
The best way to do this is by reducing your intake of sodium, which causes water retention and contributes to hypertension. Exercise every day to lose weight. Consume potassium-rich foods like bananas, cucumbers, dried fruits, apricots etc. Cut back on coffee and tea. Do not forget to check your blood pressure every few days.
Lower your blood sugar
If you have high blood sugar, then you have to lower your sugar levels right away. That is because diabetes can aggravate kidney diseases. For this too, you need to stick to a strict diet and work out regularly.
Take your medicines
To cope with your kidney disorder you will be prescribed a bunch of medicines – some to mend your kidneys, and others to stabilize blood pressure and/or blood sugar. Take the medicines on time, do not skip a dose and do not exceed the prescribed dosage.
Cut down on fatty foods
Fatty foods that cause bad cholesterol to build up are not just harmful to your heart but for your kidneys as well. Avoid all kinds of red meat, butter and cheese.
Be careful about OTC drugs
Since you are in pain, you might be tempted to pop a few painkillers. However, painkillers are usually non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and they can cause a lot of harm to your kidneys. Consult with your doctor before you take any such medicines.
Care and caution are the best ways you can cope with kidney disease.