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Kidney Disease Prevention Tips for Aging Adults

According to the National Kidney Foundation, approximately 26 million adults in the U.S. have kidney disease, and most of them aren’t even aware of it. Kidney disease is especially difficult to detect in its early stages and can have a significant impact on elderly health, which makes taking preventive measures important for seniors receiving elder care in Redondo Beach. Here are a few ways your aging loved one can prevent kidney disease.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity causes the kidneys to work harder to filter toxins from the body and meet increased metabolic demands. Excess weight can also increase your loved one’s risk of developing both high blood pressure and diabetes, which are significant risk factors that can lead to kidney disease. You can help your loved one lose weight by encouraging him or her to be as physically active as possible and to eat a healthy diet based on lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Manage Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Levels

The kidneys are highly vascular, which means they contain a large number of blood vessels. Any disease that attacks the blood vessels, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, can ultimately impair kidney function. The best way to manage these conditions is by following a physician-recommended program of dietary and lifestyle changes and medication.

Be Cautious When Using Over-the-Counter Pain Medications

The kidneys metabolize many over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen, naproxen, and ibuprofen. In high doses, these drugs can permanently damage the kidneys. Encourage your loved one to follow a package’s dosing instructions when taking over-the-counter pain relievers. He or she should also seek a doctor’s advice before taking these medications in combination with prescription painkillers that may contain the same ingredients.

Get Tested Annually

Encourage your loved one to visit his or her physician every year for a physical. As part of the annual exam, the doctor will perform basic blood and urine tests to measure kidney function. These tests include:

  • A urine test that checks for excess glucose, protein, and blood in the urine
  • Blood tests that check blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c to rule out diabetes as well as creatinine, a type of waste that can build up in the blood when the kidneys are not functioning properly

An hourly or live-in caregiver can also help your loved one prevent kidney disease. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers can assist with exercise, prepare nutritious meals, provide medication reminders, and help with many other important tasks. We also provide comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s care for Redondo Beach seniors who need more extensive assistance with their daily activities. To learn more about our elderly home care services, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (310) 504-0506 to schedule your complimentary consultation.