Slowing the Progression
Kidney Disease doesn't always mean that kidney failure is imminent. With a timely diagnosis and an appropriate plan of intervention a person with kidney disease can go many years or even a lifetime without ever needing dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Visiting the doctor for annual checkups is the best way to ensure a persons kidney health. Knowing what the main causes of CKD are allows those more at risk to monitor their health closely. Since there are usually no symptoms with early stages of kidney disease, being proactive is key.
When a person receives a diagnosis of kidney disease, it is important that they discuss the reasons of their kidney disease with their doctor and request a referral to a specialist such as a nephrologist. Understanding the cause of the kidney disease can help determine what measures are necessary to take in order to slow the progression of the disease.
Diabetes - Type 1 or 2
Getting blood sugars under control is the number one priority for a person who has been diagnosed with kidney disease. High blood sugars cause damage to the kidneys and while this damage cannot be reversed, stopping any further damage is key. Learn more about diabetes and CKD.
High Blood Pressure
When kidney disease is caused by hypertension, a lifestyle change and medication is necessary in order to regulate the blood pressure. If a person is overweight, weight loss can play an important role in lowering blood pressure naturally. Also improving ones eating habits and making healthier food choices can also play a large role. It is important to take any medication that is prescribed by the doctor. Skipping medications or changing the dosage can cause the blood pressure to run high and long term high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. Learn more about hypertension and CKD
Sometimes chronic kidney disease is hereditary, in this case close monitoring is key. Some of the causes that lead to kidney disease are unable to be avoided but slowing the progression should always be reviewed and patient advocacy is important.
Where We Need Help
Awareness through Education: Many people are not aware of preventative measures that can be taken in order to ensure early diagnosis and intervention of kidney disease. Our mission is to spread awareness world wide in order to stop the onset and progression of kidney disease. By donating your time or financially to the cause, we are able to reach out and properly educate others. Visit our social media accounts to read stories, share your experience or ask questions.
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