Living with High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease
Living with High Blood Pressure and Kidney
By lowering high
blood pressure, you can reduce the amount of damage to your kidneys, and help slow any
progression of kidney disease. Visit your healthcare provider as scheduled and follow the
To control blood pressure and
Limit salt (sodium) intake.
Your sodium limit is 1,500 mg a day. Sodium makes up 40% of table salt, which is
also called sodium chloride. So 1,500 mg of sodium equals 3,800 mg of salt. It's
very important to read and understand this difference when reading food labels.
The following guide will make it easy to understand how much sodium is in
different amounts of salt:
1/4 teaspoon salt = 600
1/2 teaspoon salt =
1,200 mg sodium
3/4 teaspoon salt =
1,800 mg sodium
1 teaspoon salt = 2,400
Cook with spices and herbs
instead of salt.
Eat fresh foods instead of
canned or processed ones.
Eat less fat. Avoid fats that
come from animal sources.
Choose low-fat dairy
Regular activity helps reduce high
blood pressure. For best results:
Talk with your healthcare
provider before starting a fitness program. Your provider may be able to suggest
activities that will help you feel your best.
Ask your healthcare provider
how often you should exercise and for how long.
Try to exercise at the same
time each day.
- Don't get
if you can't be very active at first. Even a little activity is better than doing
nothing. The important thing is to stick with it.
- Consider asking a friend or family member to exercise with you, Many people find
companionship the best incentive to maintaining a regular exercise.
Online Medical Reviewer: Walead Latif MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
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