If you are suffering from kidney disease, then you are at a higher risk of heart and blood vessel diseases. Likewise, any problem with the heart and blood vessels is likely to affect the kidneys. As a result, it is important to protect your heart, as well as your kidneys. Here are some tips to help you do this:
- Eat Well
- Exercise Regularly
- Quit Smoking
- Do Regular Check-ups
Eat a balanced diet, avoid processed food, and avoid foods with high fat and cholesterol content. Eat more vegetables, fresh fruits, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids; they are very good for the heart. Foods like sardines, salmon, lake trout, walnuts, canola oil, and flaxseed oil.
Regular exercises and physical activity is very good for the heart as they keep the body fit, help reduce blood pressure, and decrease blood cholesterol and triglycerides. They also help you sleep better, increase muscle strength, and generally maintain good physical wellbeing.
Smoking is perhaps the most dangerous singular activity for ones’ health. It endangers your oral health and your lungs. It causes the arteries to harden, leading to coronary artery disease and nephrosclerosis. Smoking also causes kidney disease, hardening the organ and affecting its blood vessels. High blood pressure and a long list of cancers are other health conditions caused by smoking.
Visit a doctor regularly for checkups. Furthermore, now that you know that heart conditions lead to kidney disease and vice versa, if you are diagnosed with this condition, get tested for the other. Early diagnosis is always advantageous.
For top-class kidney disease treatment, visit us at PCP for Life. We have primary care facilities in multiple locations in the Greater Houston Area. Call 832-559-8584 to set up an appointment.