There are many ways to help delay kidney failure, especially when chronic kidney disease (CKD) is diagnosed in the earlier stages. Use the tips below and talk with a nephrologist for advice on how to slow the progression of CKD.
Manage your blood pressure.
Keeping your blood pressure within a healthy range may help slow the progression of kidney disease. This is especially true in people who have diabetes and protein in the urine (proteinuria). Lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, meditating, consuming less salt and alcohol, and quitting smoking may help lower your blood pressure. If you've been diagnosed with hypertension, your doctor may prescribe blood pressure medicine for you to incorporate into your routine in addition to making lifestyle changes.
Monitor your blood glucose.
If you have diabetes, controlling your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels may help slow the progression of kidney disease. Adopt a diabetes- and kidney-friendly diet, and follow the instruction of your doctor when it comes to diet, insulin, or other medications.
Eat a kidney-friendly diet and exercise regularly.
You are what you eat! Following a kidney-friendly diet may help you slow the progression of kidney disease, especially one that is recommended specifically for you by a dietitian. A dietitian can help you plan meals that you like based on your preferences. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are also effective ways to help manage your disease progression. Talk to your doctor about incorporating exercise into your daily routine.
Use caution when taking over-the-counter supplements and medicines.
If you’ve been diagnosed with CKD, talk to your doctor about the appropriate medication for you, even when it comes to over-the-counter medications and supplements.
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