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Living with High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease

By lowering high blood pressure, you can reduce the amount of damage to your kidneys, and help slow any progression of kidney disease. Visit your health care provider as scheduled and follow the tips below.

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To control blood pressure and kidney disease:

  • Limit sodium (salt) intake. Your sodium limit is 1,500 mg a day.Sodium makes up 40% of table salt, which is also called sodium chloride. So 1,500 mg of sodium equals 3,800 mg of salt. It's very important to read and understand this difference when reading food labels. The following guide will make it easy to understand how much sodium is in different amounts of salt:

    • 1/4 teaspoon salt = 600 mg sodium

    • 1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,200 mg sodium

    • 3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,800 mg sodium

    • 1 teaspoon salt = 2,400 mg sodium

  • Cook with spices and herbs instead of salt.

  • Eat fresh foods instead of canned or processed ones.

  • Eat less fat. Avoid fats that come from animal sources.

  • Choose low-fat dairy foods.

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  • Eat less protein.

  • Drink less fluid.

  • Eat foods that are low in phosphorus and potassium.

Stay Active

Regular activity helps reduce high blood pressure. For best results:

  • Talk with your doctor before starting a fitness program. Your doctor may be able to suggest activities that will help you feel your best.

  • Ask your doctor how often you should exercise and for how long.

  • Try to exercise at the same time each day.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 12/1/2013
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