How To Prevent Kidney Failure: 3 Simple Ways to Prevent Kidney Failure Progression

Why do we need to keep our kidneys healthy and in check?

I often hear from my patients and their loved ones that they did not experience any symptoms before being diagnosed with kidney failure; either acute (or sudden) or chronic (long-term). 

As a kidney health coach, I’d like to share with you the 3 principles you can implement to your health and your loved ones to help take control of your own health and be one step ahead to save your kidney from failing. I am certain that these steps are simple and I encourage you to share them with others. You can also learn more at American Kidney Fund and other trustable resources such as National Kidney Foundation.


Let’s talk about it. One of the main reason among many causes of kidney failure is uncontrolled BS, I’m talking about your Blood Sugar here, not a B*l****t. 

Managing blood sugar levels is crucial for overall health for EVERYONE. From teenagers age 18 years old to elderly include those over 65 years old. ESPECIALLY for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes.

Balancing your diet, meaning to include VARIETY of foods from all food groups which includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats and be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overeating, and it help to prevent your blood sugar spikes.

If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels regularly as advised by your healthcare provider, take your prescribed medications as directed and maintain regular check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor and manage your overall health and blood sugar levels.

Keep in mind that it does not take overnight for your blood sugar to damage your kidney. Being responsible and being in-control of your own health put you one step forward to a healthy kidney.

Keep Your Blood Pressure Under Control

The second most common cause of kidney failure is high blood pressure. Controlling blood pressure is crucial for maintaining cardiovascular health.

Research suggests several lifestyle modifications includes the DASH diet (mediterranean diet which is eating very deliciously; emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products while reducing salt), maintain healthy weight, quit smoking and manage stress are strategies that can help manage and control blood pressure. 

Eat Healthy and Be Active

“Eat healthy and be active” is a simple and effective mantra that emphasizes the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle for overall health and well-being. It encapsulates the idea that a combination of nutritious eating habits and regular physical activity is key to promoting good health.

What is eating healthy? Simply limit salt and sugar in your diet; eat healthy fat, eat fruits veggies and whole grain; opt for whole wheat  flour, and whole grain bread.

Another trick is portion control. Be aware of your portion, and eat slowly. It  takes 20 minutes to signal our brain that we are full. You can find many recipes that are kidney friendly (low in sodium, potassium and phosphorous) at Kidney kitchen

It’s important to note that these recommendations are general guidelines, and individual responses may vary. Always consult with a healthcare professional, your doctor and Registered Dietitian for personalized advice and guidance based on your specific health condition. Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider are essential for monitoring and managing blood pressure effectively.

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