Live a kidney-friendly lifestyle

healthier kidneys?

Your kidneys are important organs that perform many functions to keep your blood clean and your body chemistry balanced.

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD), with a transplanted kidney, or even with a low risk of CKD can live a healthier, longer life by making choices that prolong kidney function.

Start here:

  • See your doctor at least once a year to check your kidney function. Be sure you know your GFR
  • Follow your doctor’s advice about medication and lifestyle choices that will improve your health.
  • Understand what CKD is as well as the causes and symptoms.

Keep kidneys healthy

Living a kidney-friendly lifestyle is good for everyone. Follow these tips to help keep your kidneys working as long as possible.

managing fluids

Drink the right amount of fluids for you.

  • If you do not have CKD, stay hydrated. 4-6 glasses a day helps clear sodium and toxins from your kidneys.
  • If you’ve been told you have CKD, follow your kidney doctor’s advice on fluids.

nutrition and dialysis

Reduce salt and excessive protein in your diet. Eat more home-cooked meals made with fresh fruits and veggies. 

Eating healthy helps prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which in turn helps kidneys stay healthier longer.

 keeping kidneys healthy

Exercise regularly and keep a healthy weight.

Staying active helps with weight control, better sleep, and blood flow.

stop smoking

Do not smoke or use tobacco/recreational drugs.

These things can cause damage to kidneys, reduce blood flow to kidneys and expose them to damaging chemicals.

risk of CKD

If you have diabetes, control blood sugar. 

High blood sugar damages small blood vessels throughout the body, affecting the kidneys as well as other organs and tissues. This makes it harder for kidneys to do filter out waste and extra fluid.

blood pressure control

If you have high blood pressure, follow instructions on keeping it under control.

Over time, high blood pressure can damage blood vessels throughout your body. This may reduce the amount blood to your kidneys and other organs. 

Adjusting to dialysis

Take medications as prescribed by your doctors. Check with your kidney doctor before taking supplements or other over-the-counter medications.

avoid NSAIDS

Avoid over-the-counter NSAIDS and overuse of proton-pump inhibitors, unless prescribed by your doctor.

Ask your doctor for safer alternatives for chronic pain or arthritis.

know your ckd risk

Know your CKD risk.

If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of kidney failure, get regular kidney health screenings, make kidney-friendly lifestyle choices, and keep a close watch for CKD symptoms.

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