A-Z of Health K -Kidney Disease
Kidney disease can’t always be prevented but the danger of it is that it often has no symptoms so can go undetected for some time.
Once again, the primary risk factors linked to prevention appear to be the same culprits – obesity and diabetes along with high blood pressure and smoking. Where nutrition comes in here is the same as in many of the other A-Z of health posts: –
Good nutrition is a preventative factor for high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, these are all associated with an increased risk of kidney disease.
There is never usually just one health condition, health is a balancing act everything is linked when one thing goes wrong someone else is likely to follow it is just a matter of how long it will take.
In simplistic terms the primary preventative tips would be: –
- Manage a healthy weight
- Aim to be more active (sedentary lifestyle is a killer)
- Stop smoking (nasty things anyway)
- Maintain a healthy Blood Pressure – see blog post B – Blood Pressure
- Avoid processed foods
- Ensure carbs are complex (wholegrain) not simple (white bread, white pasta etc).
- Avoid an excess of sugar
- Cut down on alcohol
- Eat enough fruit and veg (what is enough? I say 10 portions)
- Look after your gut health so that you can actually absorb the nutrients you eat
Nothing revolutionary! You will find that my dietary advice (apart from nutritional tweaks) tends to follow a similar pattern – avoid the rubbish, this creates a lot of the problems, and whilst you’re filling up on the rubbish you are missing out on all the nutrients which could solve a lot of the problems!
Food doesn’t have to be complicated – talk to me, I make it make sense!
About the author of this blog
Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards.
Louise has also won a SBS or Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.
Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this. Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinar