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What can you do that will make a difference?


Whatever the cause of your kidney failure it can be made worse by poor lifestyle choices.
Sometimes poor lifestyle over years is itself the cause of kidney failure.

Kidney failure is a blood vessel disease. As is Heart failure. Lifestyle that helps the quality of the blood vessels helps the kidneys and the heart.

Diabetes is the biggest single cause of kidney failure and many with type 2 diabetes can reverse this fully or partly by lifestyle changes.

High blood pressure
is a major cause of kidney failure and lifestyle changes can reverse this fully or partly in many people.

Even if high blood pressure or diabetes is not the cause of your kidney failure, badly controlled they can make kidney failure worse and happen more quickly.

So, if you want, there is a lot you can do to make a difference.



What are the lifestyle issues that contribute to these potentially fatal diseases?

Public Health England have listed the things we do that cause high blood pressure / type 2 diabetes: 

•    Having excess dietary salt.
•    Having an unhealthy diet.
•    Being overweight/obese (BMI > 30)
•    Lack of physical exercise
•    Excess alcohol consumption

See here for:   healthy diet (including salt & weight)   what and how much exercise?
But do we really make the changes?

So we go to the doctor for the drugs that will help. The drugs do help – but they don’t take away the cause of the problem and things continue to get worse, although more slowly. Eventually the kidneys can fail from the effects of high blood pressure and/or diabetes even though these have “been controlled” by medication for years.

Controlling type 2 diabetes and high BP with medication does not mean the long term progessive damage  won't happen. But lifestyle changes that reduce/reverse these conditions can take away the source of the problem.

Can it?

Please look at these two videos from a Live address at the European Parliament, Brussels 2018

Professor Hanno Pijl - treatment of lifestyle diseases Dr Aseem Malhotra

 



Resources looking at other ways we can help ourselves:
Clinics Wellbeing Diabetics Medication Blood Pressure Diet Phosphate Potassium Salt Fluid Smoking Sex The Treatments




VIDEOS ABOUT KIDNEY FAILURE

7 Videos to watch Videos can be played full screen The same videos for the African Caribbean Communities
Introduction - Living with Kidney Disease
Introduction - Living with Kidney Disease


What do your kidneys do?

What do your kidneys do?







Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)






Finding and Managing CKD
Finding and Managing CKD






Be Kind to your Kidneys - Diet & Lifestyle
Be Kind to your Kidneys - Diet & Lifestyle





Helping the Doctors to Help You
Helping the Doctors to Help You






The Outlook
The Outlook