Preventing Kidney Failure
The kidneys are the organ that remove wastes and extra fluid in your body. It also removes acid produced by the cells of your body and maintains a healthy balance of water, salt, and minerals in your blood. Kidney failure is a serious medical condition that occurs when the kidneys are unable to do their normal function.
Kidney failure is the most severe stage of kidney diseases, and without treatment, it can be fatal. Dialysis and kidney transplants are the only available treatments for kidney failure. To know more about dialysis treatments, contact Doral Health and Wellness and consult with the best nephrologists and urologists in East New York.
Kidney failure can be caused by several factors, including of existing medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, genes, and certain medications. However, there are preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of kidney failure, including:
- Maintain good hydration
One of the most overlooked yet simple way to prevent kidney failure is to maintain proper hydration. Drinking an adequate amount of water will help the kidneys flush out the toxins in your body and its waste products. Although six to eight glasses of water per day is recommended, it can still vary depending on your activity level, health condition and the climate where you are living in.
- Adopt a healthy diet
A well balanced diet plays a great role in your kidney health. It is important to include foods that promotes good kidney function and avoid those that are bad for your kidneys. Here are some of the recommended dietary precautions you can incorporate in your meal plans:
- Reducing your sodium intake – high sodium levels can increase your blood pressure
- Moderation in your protein intake – consuming too much protein can overload your kidneys
- Eating nutritious foods – this can include fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Limiting phosphorus and maintaining calcium levels – foods high in phosphorus can include processed meats and carbonated drinks. Instead, eat foods rich in calcium such as milk, yogurt and leafy greens.
- Regular exercising
Engaging in regular physical activity not only helps in maintaining a healthy weight, but also improves your cardiovascular health and helps in preventing conditions that can lead to kidney failure, such as diabetes and hypertension.
- Avoiding harmful substances
Cigarettes, or tobacco, illegal drugs and excessive use of over-the-counter pain medications are harmful to your kidneys. Smoking can damage your blood vessels which can affect your kidney’s function. Illegal drugs, especially those that are injected, causes kidney damage and may lead to kidney failure. While excessive use of pain medications will harm your kidneys. Always follow your doctors recommended dosage especially if you are on long-term use of medications.
- Managing of chronic health conditions
Proper management of existing health conditions, such as diabetes, and hypertension, is important in preventing kidney failure. Always monitor your blood sugar levels and take your medications on time to reduce your risk of developing kidney problems. Also, regular checkups with your medical provider will help ensure that any potential complications are addressed early.
Preventing kidney failure should be on your priority list. It is a serious and life-threatening condition. Always make sure that you follow these simple yet effective strategies in preventing kidney failure.
If you have symptoms of having kidney issues, talk to your doctor so you can devise a proper treatment plan for your condition. Never take any symptoms of kidney problems for granted. It is better to have it checked early on, before it progresses. At Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center, our team of urologist will work with you in managing your disease and your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, please visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 or call 1-347-384-5690. You can also visit our website at https://www.urologistbrooklyn.com/.
Doral Health and Wellness also offer dialysis services around Brooklyn. To know more, call us at 1-347-384-5690. You can also visit our website at https://doralhw.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.