A Message for Kidney Disease Patients
We at Indiana Kidney Specialists want to ensure our patients, their family and support staff, our Indiana Kidney staff and physicians remain healthy, protected, and safe as the COVID-19 virus spreads. Much like the flu all patients should take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID 19.
While most cases result in a mild illness, certain populations are at higher risk for complications including elderly patients and those with chronic health conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure conditions, and diabetes. This includes many of our patients.
At this time, unnecessary trips to the hospital pose a great risk to you and the community. Among those most threatened by the virus are people with chronic health conditions, such as kidney disease. To avoid exposure at the emergency room, be sure to keep your doctor appointments and follow their instructions as carefully as you can to keep your overall health stable.
Nutrition and Kidney Disease
Maintaining a kidney friendly diet is an important part of slowing kidney disease. Here are two common problems: high blood pressure and diabetes – both major risk factors.
Quite simply, eating kidney friendly foods and maintaining a balance of fluids in your body will help to keep your weight under control. This may also keep your blood pressure where it should be. Eating three balanced meals a day will also regulate your blood sugar. You may also need a snack at night. This is especially important if you have diabetes.
Kidney/Diabetic Friendly Eating Tips
The National Kidney Foundation website has many great-tasting, healthy recipes. They also have a section called “My Food Coach” to help you manage your nutrition.