Whether you have Diabetes or just a family history of it, keeping an eye on your blood sugar is crucial to protect your kidneys from further damage. You should check both your Hemoglobin A1C via a lab test, and your blood sugar at home (especially fasted and after meals). Keeping blood sugar controlled with a healthful diet, exercise, and medications will help you protect your kidneys from further damage.
While you should be watching your blood pressure if you have kidney disease, knowing why and how often to check it can be confusing. Remember that kidney disease and high blood pressure together can not only further damage the kidneys, but increase your risk for heart disease and also death. For a long-lasting, comfortable life, take medications regularly, eat healthfully, and exercise to keep your blood pressure under 120/80.
When someone has chronic kidney disease (CKD), there are things we need to monitor to make sure our kidneys stay healthy. One of these things is our blood pressure. Hypertension (high blood pressure) can increase the risk of complications with chronic kidney disease. We will look at why chronic kidney disease and hypertension are related, and how we can manage these conditions to improve our health.
Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed with kidney disease, or you’ve had it for a while, chances are you are reading this because you want to keep them healthy. There are a few major factors that influence our kidneys, most of these are lifestyle-related, like diet and exercise, but many other factors influencing kidney function are related to either supplements or even other diseases. Below we will review a variety of lifestyle factors that influence the health of your kidneys.
Self-monitoring of your vitals every day is tiresome and tough to achieve every day. Many people may create reasons to slow or stop checking on their health. We often get the same question: can I stop my blood glucose/blood pressure monitoring, since I feel totally fine?
Different people with varying levels of blood pressure control will all have different needs. Here are some common recommendations from the experts.