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Kidney failure prevention

How to reduce risk of kidney failure

Kidneys perform an important function of filtering the blood and remove toxins from your body. Kidney failure occurs when kidneys lose their ability to sufficiently filter waste from your blood.

Factors that can interfere with kidney function are:

  • Toxic exposure to environmental pollutants or certain medications
  • Certain acute and chronic diseases
  • Severe dehydration
  • Kidney trauma

But the best thing is kidney failure can be prevented by following some simple lifestyle modifications. Let’s see what are the the tips to prevent kidney failure –

11 tips for preventing kidney failure

Most kidney failures occur due to high blood pressure and diabetes. Hence it is required to manage these two conditions to avoid kidney failure.

  1. Manage your blood sugar

  2. Manage your blood pressure

  3. Maintain a healthy weight

  4. Eat a heart-healthy diet

A healthy diet that is low in sugar and cholesterol and high in fibre, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables helps prevent weight gain.

  1. Reduce salt intake

A high intake of salt can increase blood pressure. Hence avoid high excessive salt.

  1. Drink enough water

Dehydration reduces blood flow to your kidneys, which can damage them. Hence, drink a minimum of 3- 4 ltr water daily.

  1. Limit alcohol

Alcohol increases blood pressure. Also, the extra calories present in it can cause weight gain.

  1. Don’t smoke

Smoking reduces blood flow to your kidneys, which can damage kidney function in people with or without kidney disease.

  1. Limit over-the-counter pain medication/h3>

High doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen reduces the blood flow to kidneys, which can harm them.

  1. Reduce stress

Managing stress and anxiety helps to lower your blood pressure.

  1. Exercise regularly

Regular exercise can help to reduce stress, manage diabetes and high blood pressure, and maintain a healthy weight. Hence do exercise like swimming, walking, and running.

If you think you might have kidney disease, it’s important to see a kidney specialist doctor, Dr. Mangesh Patil, for evaluation. He is one of the finest kidney doctors in Mumbai with rich experience in treating various kidney diseases.

Remember “Early diagnosis can help to prevent the risk of kidney failure”.

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