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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.

Poor lifestyle can bring on high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome leading to type 2 diabetes. These are blood vessel diseases.

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

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.

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

 


So what is a good diet? -->

See the "Diet" tab at top of page for tips from our renal dietitians on healthy eating.



What is exercise? -->

Exercise & Weight

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