High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, so make sure to never skip your annual physical exam. To help prevent high blood pressure, eat a healthier diet with less sodium, more potassium, and avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, or drinking too much alcohol.
If you often see higher blood pressure readings in the morning, the cause is likely related to poor sleep quality, but may be affected by other factors that affect circadian rhythm. If you are new to monitoring, want a tighter control, or recently had a change in lifestyle routine, or schedule for work or sleep, you should probably check blood pressure more often than once per day.
Cholesterol is an old condition with a lot of new and old research surrounding it. While the heart can feel like a mystery, there are some things that we now know to be true. Dietary cholesterol is not the enemy here, fat is. If you exercise and eat healthfully, you can likely keep your arteries free and clear, but at some point, or if you have a strong family history or otherwise high risk of cholesterol issues, medications may be necessary. Talk to your care team about ways you can manage your cholesterol and improve your heart health.
It may take a little more effort to keep your fridge organized, but it’s totally worthwhile. The more colorful and organized your fridge is, the more inspired you and your family will be to eat healthy.
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.
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.
Potassium is an essential nutrient that helps our muscles move and can even help lower blood pressure. However, balanced potassium levels are important, especially in CKD. By getting regular labs done and working with your doctor or Registered Dietitian, you can find a balance of potassium intake to help reach your optimal health!
If you have end-stage kidney disease, this means that your kidneys are having trouble balancing certain minerals and filtering toxins from digestion. This can lead to loss of calcium from the bones, trouble with your heart rhythm, and severe pain and symptoms that affect your ability to do simple daily tasks. Keep reading to learn some great nutrition tips for end-stage kidney disease.