High Blood Pressure in Kidney Disease


This video covers a couple of recommendations that were published in the June 2021 issue of Analysis of Internal Medicine. They discussed some blood pressure recommendations when it comes to kidney disease. These recommendations will allow you to lower high blood pressure on your own. 

They recommend 2 grams, or 2000 milligrams, or less of sodium per day. We have talked a lot about sodium on our channel and we have a lot of videos about it that you can look into as well. Reducing salt or sodium intake is the number one thing that is standard among all kidney diets.

This is a universal tip in decreasing blood pressure. Lowering sodium is just great for your kidneys and it’s one of the first and most basic things you can do to improve their health. To monitor sodium intake you can look at package labels to check sodium amounts. Additionally, you should abandon processed foods. These foods automatically have added sodium to them so the levels are going to be higher. 

They recommend that people not on dialysis target a systolic blood pressure, which is the top number, of 120. Now, this is going to vary because an older person can actually have a higher blood pressure up to 139 and be okay. It all depends on your history, your age, what’s going on with your kidney health, and other medical histories (ex: heart issues). The general guideline is looking at 120.

The piece of research I was looking at didn’t cite the diastolic, the bottom number, but going along with other kidney recommendations it’s 80. So you will want your blood pressure to be at 120 over 80, but many people are going to be higher with kidney disease and that depends on your lifestyle and your individual health. You’re always trying to target that 120 so if you’re blood pressure is 139 maybe with some more exercise and lowering salt you can get that down further to 120 systolic.

Another thing they mentioned within the journal articles was 150 minutes of exercise per week to help control blood pressure when you have chronic kidney disease. This 150 minutes of exercise per week does depend on your health limitations so if you can only do an hour that’s fine; you don’t have to shoot for 150 minutes. That’s assuming that you have medical clearance and you’re in good health. 

These were just a couple of high blood pressure in kidney disease recommendations to help lower blood pressure . 


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