Medicines can damage kidneys: Understanding Drug-induced Nephrotoxicity

Medicines damage kidneys

Whatever we eat, drink or inject into our body circulates via blood through our kidneys. This tenet holds true for medicines as well.

All of you know that prescription medicines come with specific dose instructions. These comply with dosing protocols found “safe & effective” after rigorous clinical trials for that drug. The purpose of such fixed dosing is to ensure maximum benefit from the drug & minimize the chances of harmful side effects.

If such medicines are not taken following your healthcare provider’s instructions, or if it is an illegal substance, it can end up harming your kidneys!

Technically, such medicines are termed “Nephrotoxic”.

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This article aims to provide an overview of which drugs can cause nephrotoxicity (kidney damage), when and how, plus how to protect yourself against it.  Continue reading “Medicines can damage kidneys: Understanding Drug-induced Nephrotoxicity”

3 Must-have tools for a “Low Sodium” Renal Diet

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly Cooking tools

Restricting your daily intake of Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein & Fat in your food is the cornerstone of a Renal Diet Plan. Renal Dietitians are trained to help kidney patients identify which nutrients to restrict or increase in their daily diets, and by how much, based on our individual kidney health status. This means you will need to adjust your food & condiment portions to remain within your daily nutrient allowance. So how do you go about it? Continue reading “3 Must-have tools for a “Low Sodium” Renal Diet”

Ensuring Hygiene in a Kidney-friendly Kitchen

Hygiene in a Kidney Kitchen

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. Continue reading “Ensuring Hygiene in a Kidney-friendly Kitchen”

Kidney-Friendly Kitchen: The must-have tools!

Kidney friendly

What business does someone trained as a physician-scientist have, talking about “Tools necessary for a Kidney-friendly kitchen”, you may ask?

Kidney Friendly Kitchen

 

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 Continue reading “Kidney-Friendly Kitchen: The must-have tools!”

Are Whey Protein Supplements Safe for Kidneys?

Whey protein is one of the most popular protein supplements used worldwide to build muscle. It also modulates cellular metabolism and helps in weight loss by keeping you fuller for longer.

But anyone who has experienced kidney disease as a patient or caregiver has heard how high protein is detrimental to diseased kidneys. So, does that mean using such protein supplements could lead fitness-conscious individuals to acquire Chronic Kidney Disease? Let’s investigate! Continue reading “Are Whey Protein Supplements Safe for Kidneys?”

It’s not just your Lungs!…Smoking damages your Kidneys too!

Be it the rugged Marlboro Man or the suave James Bond, showbiz has had a way of making a big section of its audience (especially the impressionable age groups) believe how smoking Cigarettes (tobacco) has an important role in building a “more attractive” social image for themselves. However, what these unsuspecting viewers are unaware of is the full range of clinically proven and often fatal health complications that accompany smoking tobacco in the long run.

Continue reading “It’s not just your Lungs!…Smoking damages your Kidneys too!”