High blood pressure adversely affects kidney function. This video covers a study performed by The Kidney International Journal, February 2021. In this large study, they looked at blood pressure among people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The researchers observed that a large percentage of the participants did not have their blood pressure under control.
Leaving high blood pressure unchecked can be a ticking bomb as it gradually damages the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys. Robert suggests anyone with CKD should aim for 120 to be the top systolic blood pressure. You should at least try to stay around that range. The study recommends people with chronic kidney disease maintain a systolic blood pressure of 120.
During the study, the researchers revealed two ways to effectively manage high blood pressure: medications and lifestyle interventions. Blood pressure medications and kidney disease have strong research and are the side-effects don’t last long. Controlling your blood pressure naturally is near impossible.
Implementing various lifestyle changes into your daily life is what the study recommended. Lowering the number of high sodium foods can help you get in the 120 area. Controlling salt in your diet is the biggest area you can manage in order to lower blood pressure. Try to stick to between 2000 mg or less to help improve kidney disease. For a better range, Robert suggests aiming for 1500 mg per day.
Always look out for highly processed foods and junk foods while eating out as they’re loaded with sodium. Incorporating whole foods can be a healthier option. Complementing blood pressure medications with some lifestyle changes should put your blood pressure in that 120 range.
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