Lifestyle Changes with ESRD

Did you know that over 800,000 people in the United States are living with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and that 500,000 of them are receiving dialysis treatment? According to the National Institute of Health, kidney failure is a prevalent problem for many Americans.

While a kidney failure diagnosis can be overwhelming, there are effective ways to manage your disease and optimize your health. With many stages of kidney disease, patients need to make lifestyle changes to manage their kidney health positively.

When you have ESRD, you’ll need to change how you eat, take medicine regularly, and visit the doctor often. Keeping track of fluids, exercising, and getting emotional support are also important aspects.

Let’s explore common and important changes that help you live better with a kidney failure diagnosis and stay healthy longer. 

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What Lifestyle Changes Can I Expect When Living with ESRD?

When managing kidney disease, various lifestyle changes are necessary, such as:

Diet Adjustments

You must watch your sodium, phosphorus, potassium, and protein intake. This often means limiting certain foods to help your kidneys work better.

Fluid Control

Monitoring your fluid intake is crucial. Too much fluid can cause swelling, so you must track how much you drink.

Medication Management

You’ll have prescribed medications to take regularly. These may include pills to control blood pressure, prevent anemia, manage diabetes, and balance mineral levels in your blood.

Regular Medical Check-Ups

You’ll need frequent visits to your healthcare provider to check how well your kidneys work and make any required changes to your treatment plan.

Physical Activity

If your doctor approves, physical activity can help you stay healthy. Physical activity may include regular walking, light exercises, or swimming.

Emotional Support

Dealing with ESRD can be emotionally draining. Seeking support from friends, family, or counseling can help you cope with your diagnosis better.

While these changes might initially feel overwhelming, they’re vital for managing ESRD and maintaining your health and well-being. It is important to work with your healthcare team directly to adjust to these lifestyle changes in a personalized way.

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Living Well with Kidney Failure is Possible with Us

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with kidney failure, we are here to help.

We want you to know that living well with End-Stage Renal Disease is achievable with the right support and care.

At Innovative Renal Care, our dedicated team supports and guides you in managing your kidney health.

Take a proactive step toward a better quality of life. Schedule a consultation today to explore life-changing treatment options and personalized care that can enhance your well-being while living with kidney disease.

Your path to improved kidney health and a fulfilling life begins with us.

Informed patients are healthier and can more easily adjust to the restrictions associated with having a chronic disease.

“You’ll never find the quality of care that you get at an ARA facility anywhere else. The staff always have your best interest at heart and will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and help however they can. The truth is, I consider them my extended family!” 

Mr. Randal Beatty, University Kidney Center Hikes Lane, Louisville, KY