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Whatever your medication, or whatever stage your kidney disease is in, here are some tips.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 29, 2003 18:46 IST

Whatever treatment option you prefer, or whatever stage your kidney disease is in, here are some things you have to watch out for:

If you have diabetes, watch your blood sugar closely to keep it under control. Consult your doctor for the latest in treatment.

Have your blood pressure checked regularly. You should get your doctors’ advice on how best this should be kept under control.

Avoid pain killers or other drugs that may make your kidney disease worse. Check with your doctor before taking any medicine.

Diet restrictions: Some types of foods make things worse for a kidney patient. You may be asked to restrict the salt in your food. Salt contains sodium and this steps up your blood pressure. Potassium is another mineral ( Found in fruits) that you may have to restrict.
You should keep a check on your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol narrows the arteries and affects proper blood circulation.

Your protein intake will have to be watched. Healthy kidneys can retain protein when filtering out wastes. However, problem kidneys will not be able to do this efficiently. More proteins in the diet means more work for the kidneys. Yet, protein is essential for the body. Seek your doctor’s advice.

You may need to be treated for anaemia. Healthy kidneys make the hormone EPO, which stimulates the bones to make red blood cells. Diseased kidneys may not make enough EPO. This has to be supplemented.

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First Published: Oct 29, 2003 18:46 IST