We understand that a diagnosis of kidney disease often comes as a shock. You don’t have to face it alone; here is some advice to those who are newly diagnosed.
- Follow your doctor’s advice.
Being diagnosed with kidney disease does not automatically lead to kidney failure. If the cause of kidney disease is found and treated early, this can help slow down the progression of it to later, incurable stages (4 or 5). Although there is no cure, there are various treatment measures to reduce complications and help control symptoms. If diagnosed early, your condition can be controlled with medicine, dietary and lifestyle changes which will keep your kidneys healthier for longer or even prevent your kidney damage from getting worse. It is important to listen to your doctor and follow all orders regarding diet, exercise and medications properly for a healthier outcome.
- Diet is important.
Once you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, it is important to follow a kidney friendly diet to keep you healthy and prevent further damage to your kidney. This type of diet, prescribed by your doctor depending on your stage of kidney disease, will limit certain food and prevent the buildup of certain minerals in your body. By being mindful of what you eat and drink, you will be able to stay healthy.
- Stay active
In addition to medicine and diet, another important aspect is lifestyle changes. In particular, being active helps kidney disease patients feel better. Your doctor will recommend what sort of exercises you should do. Before you start any form of exercise or new routine, it is important to ask your doctor if you can do so. Getting the right amount of sleep each night is also important.
- Understand your lab reports.
When you have kidney disease, it is important to monitor your laboratory reports and blood work numbers as they are used to gauge the progress of your disease. Your doctor will test your blood and urine often, in addition to blood sugar (diabetic patients) and blood pressure. By knowing what these numbers mean, you will be able to understand your condition better. Based on these numbers, your doctor will adjust diet or medications.
- Knowledge is power.
Educate yourself and learn everything you can about your disease. This will help overcome feelings of helplessness. It is also important that your support system (family, friends) educate themselves too. This will help you and your support system tremendously when it comes to understanding about your condition. Our essential guide will help you get started with the basics.
Western Hospital provides comprehensive kidney disease services in Sri Lanka, with some of the best kidney disease specialists in Sri Lanka.