Chronic Kidney Disease Management
Prevention is key
Many people are afraid to learn that they have kidney disease because they think that it will ultimately lead to dialysis. However, if CKD is detected early and managed appropriately the rate of progression of the disease may slow and most people will not need dialysis. Optimisation of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are important steps to protect your kidneys.
Healthy eating and lifestyle habits
- Weight loss (if you are overweight) and physical activity will help control blood pressure and blood sugar
- Quit smoking
- Avoid foods with high salt content
- Take your medications as directed
A referral to a dietitian to make a kidney-healthy eating plan may be required.
Medications to avoid
Avoid medications that can cause further damage to the kidneys, such as:
- Over the counter pain medications like ibuprofen, diclofenac etc. Discuss with your doctor which medications are safe to use.
- Some herbal medications have been associated with kidney damage.
As kidney disease can lead to anaemia, electrolyte abnormalities, weak bones and heart disease these issues may have to be addressed in your consultation.
What happens if my kidney disease continues to progress or is very advanced?
Your doctor will refer you to a specialised Renal Clinical Nurse Consultant who will give you information on the different treatment options: dialysis, transplant, renal supportive (non-dialysis) care.
Making a decision on the these treatment options may not be easy. While we are updating our website check out this Kidney Health Australia website that has valuable information and may make the process a bit easier for you.
This booklet from Kidney Health Australia may also help you in the decision-making process.