Slowing the Progression and Reducing the Effects of CKD
With a CKD diagnosis comes a call to action to make a healthier lifestyle a top priority to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Read on to learn how you can slow down CKD.
Eat a Kidney-friendly Diet
What you eat plays an important role in the health of your kidneys, especially when living with CKD. Although everybody is different, keep these guidelines in mind as you develop a kidney-friendly diet.
Because damaged kidneys have trouble filtering waste, limit or avoid eating the following foods:
- Added sugars
- Canned foods
- Dairy products
- Processed foods
- Fatty foods
Staying active is good for everyone. For those living with CKD, regular exercise supports kidney function and can slow CKD. While getting enough exercise may seem like a mighty task, there are simple ways to get up and move that are easier to work into your day
- Take a nature walk
- Go for a light jog
- Try dynamic stretching or yoga
- Go for a swim
- Try gardening
- Do chores around the house
Before adding any new exercises to your life, check-in with your doctor to make sure it’s a good fit for your body and overall health.
Monitor & Control Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can further damage to your kidneys, especially for those already living with CKD. It is important to regularly monitor your blood pressure and keep it within the normal range. Try these tips:
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night
- Reduce stress levels
- Eat healthy, kidney-friendly foods
- Avoid smoking or using tobacco products
- Avoid or limit alcohol use
A healthier lifestyle can make a big difference in your kidney health and delay the need for dialysis. It can also lift your spirits and help you lead a happier, longer life.