It is important to understand:
- The potential causes of kidney failure
- What measures need to be taken to slow the rate of progression
- And identify the signs and symptoms
- The potential treatment option
These key points are especially important once the GFR is less than 30 ml/min.
High blood pressure is a self-perpetuating cycle since hypertension can be the cause AND effect of CKD.
BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL
Stay informed about the meds that may be prescribed for CKD
Some of them are:
- Blood Pressure Meds: Examples include ACE inhibitors and ARBs
- Diuretics: May help controlling BP along with salt and water retention
- Phosphate Binders: The blood phosphorus levels rise in CKD because our kidneys can not eliminate phosphorus as effectively. Since much of our phosphorus comes from our diet (such as milk and cheese), phosphate binders are taken with meals to prevent the absorption of phosphorus from our gut.
- Vitamin D: Since the kidney produces vitamin D, having CKD will lower your natural levels. A vitamin D helps prevent osteoporosis and other bone disorders.
- Iron Pills