The major risk factors include high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older. While you can’t change your age or family history, there are several lifestyles changes you can make to prevent yourself from kidney failure or to provide you help if you already have been diagnosed:
- Quit Smoking Smoking is the reason behind heart disease and heart disease will make your kidneys work harder which will increase the risk of kidney failure, quitting smoking will prevent you from the development of kidney disease.
- Exercise regularly Exercising offers multiple benefits such as reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, you should exercise 30 – 60 minutes most days of the week, exercises such as walking, jogging, swimming and biking etc. for advices about which activity is suitable for ask your physician.
- Get regular check-ups You need to be visiting your doctor for regular check-ups, because kidney failure is difficult to detect at its first stages.
- Be mindful of your salt intake Food with high sodium increases risk of high blood pressure levels and it’s one of the common reasons behind kidney failure.
- Eat Healthy Follow a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in salt, sugar and fats.
- Watch your weight Being overweight increases the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure as it increases the risk of kidney disease.
- Relax and reduce stress This is also one of the reasons behind kidney failure, yoga will help in reducing stress.
- Stay hydrated Hydrating ourselves with enough fluids enables kidneys to evacuate sodium, urea and toxins from the body and, thereby,lowering the risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
- Avoid self-medication Consult a doctor before taking any medicine, taking increased dosage or a medicine that you’re not aware of bay cause kidney failure.