Living With Chronic Kidney Disease
So many people like me are living with chronic kidney disease without dialysis. It is not an easy thing to do, but it enables you to connect to yourself, makes you to be aware of your unhealthy lifestyle and above all, it creates in you the sense of achievement with every improvement in the kidneys. There are many cases in which the patient was able to maintain his Kidney function even though diagnosed with CKD. It is possible, but depends on the individual, to even improve your current state of GFR.
If you are able to slow the progression of CKD, then it is possible that you may be able to avoid Dialysis. It takes dedication, will power and positive attitude.
So often, people with CKD or already on dialysis are careless or take important things like exercise for granted. The simplest best thing you can do for your body is to exercise it.
To help you live with Chronic Kidney Disease, there are few things you should and shouldn’t do. These include:
- Keep your blood pressure low at a healthy range,
- Manage your blood sugar if you have diabetes,
- Follow a kidney – friendly diet,
- Reduce alcohol intake ( one glass of red wine if you must drink),
- Avoid smoking,
- Avoid some medicine e.g. pain killers,
- Exercise regularly,
- Keep a healthy weight,
- Follow your treatment plan,
- If you notice any changes in your body, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
Your kidneys rely on you to protect them when they are not working as well as they should. Remember that some medicines are not safe for you when you have kidney disease. However, the prescribed ones should be taking accordingly.
Smoking can make kidney disease worse. To quit smoking after a long period is not easy, but you can minimize or reduce the amount of times you smoke. Kidney disease makes your body vulnerable to other diseases such as Anemia (this is when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells) and Bone Disease.
Exercise can help you control your blood pressure. It can also help you slow the progression of CKD. Thirty (30) minutes a day can help a great deal. If you are not used to exercising, start with walking.
Drink lot water. Make sure you are never dehydrated but remember that too much fluid in the body can cause high blood pressure, swelling and heart failure. Damaged kidneys do not get rid of extra fluids as well as they should.
Keep track of your blood test result. This will help you to see how your kidneys are doing. Always compare the latest result to the previous so as to know what you did wrong or right.
Eat healthy. This can only be beneficial for your kidneys and your overall well-being.
Cut down on Sodium, read the nutrition facts label, especially for sodium.
Living with kidney disease without dialysis or transplant is possible if you follow instructions from your medical practitioner. It can only change your life for the better.
Live healthy for your kidneys and for your general well-being.