Is diet more important than medication for kidney disease?

Is diet more important than medication for kidney disease?


Hi there! This is Mathea Ford with Renal
Diet HQ and today, I want to talk to you about is Medication or Diet more
important for kidney disease. I want to let you know that both are important
but let’s talk about the different things that can happen with diet and
medication. A lot of people think “Well, I’ll just take a pill and that’ll make
my condition better. I won’t have to worry about my diet, I won’t have to
exercise, I won’t have to do anything” but medication can only go so far and
medication is highly affected by your diet. If you’re continuing to eat high
potassium foods, high phosphorus foods and you have a high potassium level in
your blood and you really need to lower that it’s not going to help to take
medicine because you’re just kind of contradicting that. I think that diet and medication worked
together really well but they also work against each other really well.
Diet has such an effect on your kidney disease because you can really
change what you kind of contribute to that with your body. Your body has
about [sorry about the lawnmower in the background
I guess my neighbors decided to mow their lawn right as I started this live]
So salts. Let’s take for example, salt. Eating more salt is going to affect your
blood pressure and you can take blood pressure medicine but what if you didn’t
have to take as much medicine because you lowered your sodium intake? Or the
same with potassium and phosphorous, what if you didn’t eat as much of those so
you didn’t necessarily have to take your potassium and phosphorous blockers?
Your protein intake is affected your kidneys so your protein leads to how
much waste your body builds up and so if you give it a little less protein it
doesn’t have to do as much work and that kind of saves your kidneys for a little
bit longer, it helps them to manage a little easier so those components of
your diet – the fluid, the protein, the sodium, potassium, phosphorus – those all
affect what your body does and if you change your diet and you eat better and
you manage a kidney disease diet then you’re gonna be a lot better off with
whether you’re taking medicine or not. Medicine can impact your kidneys as well
in both a positive and a negative way. Medicines help your kidneys. They reduce
your potassium, phosphorus. They lower your blood pressure. They help you
control your diabetes. All those are good things but some medicines like ibuprofen
and metformin are known to have effects on your kidneys which is why I tell you
to ask your doctor “How will this affect my kidneys?” because those medicines even
though they’re helping you they may not be the right choice because they do
affect your kidneys. You want to make sure you’re checking on that and seeing
if that’s going to make a difference. Overall, you can make a huge difference
in your kidney disease by watching your diet and watching your medicine but as a
dietitian, I think diet has a lot of importance to where your outcome ends up
being and I think it significantly can help slow down the progression of your
kidney disease just by managing a good diet. So look forward to talking to you
tomorrow. Check out renaldiethq.com and pick up
a free meal plan so you can get started on that kidney disease diet. Thanks!

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