Kidney Disease has slowly but steadily gained the tag of a Silent Epidemic on a global scale. It is NOT a single entity, but an umbrella term that covers a diverse range of conditions that affect our Kidneys be it, directly or indirectly. As per the latestGlobal Burden of Disease (GBD) studies by the World health organization (WHO),around 5-10 million people die every year because of some form of kidney disease either due to lack of access to treatment or due to the irreversible nature of the condition itself. This number is potentially the same as the number of lives claimed by Cancer, Diabetes or Respiratory Diseases. In addition, it occupies a significant chunk of the healthcare budget for any country.
In short, kidney diseases can be a massive drain of physical health, emotional well-being & financial savings. This is precisely what makes it imperative for you to proactively learn about kidney ailments.
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High blood pressure is almost always present at the time of diagnosing Chronic Kidney Disease. And as time passes during your CKD journey, controlling your blood pressure becomes an essential part of your treatment plan to delay kidney failure.
But why does your blood pressure rise in chronic kidney disease in the first place?!
That, and the basics that you must understand about high blood pressure in CKD is what today’s storytelling is about.
High blood pressure is almost always present at the time of diagnosing Chronic Kidney Disease. And as time passes during your CKD journey, controlling your BP becomes an essential part of your treatment plan to delay kidney failure.
But why do you get high BP in chronic kidney disease in the first place?!
For that let us first take you through all the essential facts that you must grasp about the whole concept of Blood Pressure.
Knowing this will help you master your understanding of what goes wrong with your BP regulation systems and to what extent, when CKD hits.
Dialysis is a key treatment approach in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. As we explained in this comprehensive Dialysis Guide before, Dialysis is a method to “partially” assist unwell kidneys with their overall blood-balancing activities. It does so by removing excess fluid and clearing out metabolic waste build-up in the blood alongside unwell kidneys that are unable to do so by themselves.
But how do your medical teams estimate how much fluid you must lose for an effective Dialysis session without causing you any harm?
That and the whole clinical effort to help you achieve your Dry Weight is what today’s storytelling is about.
Vaccines are necessary to boost our immune power to effectively ward-off specific infections. They form a crucial part of medically preparing all patients of Chronic Kidney Disease for a kidney transplant surgery as well.
After all, vaccines form a crucial part of medically preparing all patients of Chronic Kidney Disease for a transplant surgery. Add to that, the fact that SOME vaccines are UNSAFE for transplant recipients, and this topic becomes all the more significant.
COVID-19 (the new Coronavirus) has made its way to 185 countries (at the time of writing this article). It is highly contagious, a completely new viral strain that had caught us all off-guard and is of particular concern to anyone with a weak immune system.
A sizeable chunk of Kidney Patients has poor immunity. This is either due to the respective disease state itself (such as Diabetes) or due to specific “immuno-suppressive” medicines (such as steroids) that are necessary to treat certain kidney disease states & prevent them from flaring up.
Hence, it is necessary that people like us, belonging from the kidney patient community put particular emphasis on:
Hygiene is an important consideration for everything that enters your body, whether you eat it, drink it, breathe it or inject it. This is more so if a major, essential organ of the body like your kidneys are unwell. That’s because, in normal health, kidneys efficiently eliminate ALL excess metabolic wastes and impurities in blood via urine. But Chronic Kidney Disease progressively diminishes this blood-cleansing ability of kidneys as well as blunts our body’s immune defences with time.
💡SO WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES TO KEEP YOUR KIDNEY KITCHEN HYGIENIC?
💡 WHICH ARE THE MUST-HAVE EQUIPMENT/UTILITY ITEMS THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STOCKING UP YOUR KITCHEN WITH, TO MAKE IT A “KIDNEY FORTRESS”?
What business does someone trained as a physician-scientist have, talking about “Tools necessary for a Kidney-friendly kitchen”, you may ask?
Well, it’s my own decade-long Experience navigating life as a Kidney Warrior (currently post-kidney transplant) and the frustrating lack of organized information on this matter in the medical literature or public domain, that has motivated me to help fellow members in the Kidney Community in this regard.
As soon as you are diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, dietary modifications take the centre-stage along with necessary medicines for your root cause & stage of kidney disease. Team ATK has constantly stressed the importance of consulting a Registered Renal Dietitian to help you prepare a Renal Diet Plan tailored to your individual health status.
However, going by personal experience, applying all of the above advice in your daily lives also needs some smart toolsin your kitchen to make it truly kidney-friendly and turn you into a more efficient Kidney Warrior.
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