Top Kidney Care tips!
-Make sure you know what your kidneys do for you.
-Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney damage so look after your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
-Look after your blood pressure (high blood pressure is a common cause of kidney damage)
-Have a healthy non-smoking lifestyle (smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys)
-Aim for a healthy low salt diet (too much salt in your diet can damage your kidneys and also raise your blood pressure)
-If you take regular medicine then make sure you understand what your medicines do, how they work and that some may damage your kidneys (for example, Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs can cause problems if taken very frequently)
-Remember that your kidneys need good fluid intake to work well, so make sure you drink plenty (and fluid in soups counts too!)
-If you have kidney disease then make sure you ‘know your numbers’ (what stage you are at, your levels (eGFR and Creatinine) and what that means for you)
-Make sure that your pharmacist knows if you have been diagnosed with kidney disease too
-Make sure you know about acute kidney injury (also known as AKI) and that you could be at risk if you have had an upset tummy, sickness and/or diarrhoea