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.
Poor lifestyle can bring on high blood pressure and
metabolic syndrome leading to type 2 diabetes. These are blood
High blood pressure is a major cause of kidney
failure and lifestyle changes can reverse this fully or partly in
Diabetes is the biggest single cause of kidney failure and many with type 2 diabetes could reverse this fully or partly by lifestyle changes.
(We can have high blood pressure and / or type 2 diabetes for many years without knowing it, but our GP can test for them.)
So 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 – (“a healthy diet” + “an unhealthy diet” = “an unhealthy diet” – what else could it equal?).
• Being overweight/obese (BMI > 30)
• Lack of physical exercise
• Excess alcohol consumption
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.
Public Health England publishes data saying that if we changed our lifestyle we can reduce/reverse the degree of high blood pressure and diabetes type 2, when these conditions are caused by years of unhealthy lifestyle choices, to the extent that we could reduce/come off medication. Healthy lifestyle choices in these instances can slow down kidney failure, and sometimes even halt 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|
what is a good diet? -->
the "Diet" tab at top of page for tips from our renal
dietitians on healthy eating.
is exercise? -->
|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