Living with chronic kidney disease (CKD)
Making changes to your lifestyle can help lower your blood pressure and control your kidney disease. You should:
- stop smoking, if you smoke
- eat a balanced diet that’s low in fat, and no more 6g (0.2oz) of salt a day
- not take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen (unless a
- medical professional says it’s OK)
- drink within your daily alcohol units – that’s two to three units for women and three to four for men
- lose weight if you’re overweight
- get regular exercise – about half an hour a day, five times a week.
Although you can’t undo the damage that’s already happened to your kidneys, leading a healthy lifestyle and following your doctor’s advice can help stop your condition from getting worse. It’s even possible to live without symptoms.
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