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Kidney Disease Care & Prevention

Kingwood Kidney Associates

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Humble, TX

The steps you take to prevent kidney disease carry over and become important aspects of caring for your kidneys after they’re damaged. The board-certified Nephrologist Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, at Kingwood Kidney Associates provide comprehensive kidney disease care, from helping patients prevent kidney problems to the cutting-edge treatment needed to manage chronic kidney disease. To schedule an appointment for kidney disease care and prevention, call the office in Kingwood, Texas, or use the online booking feature.

Kidney Disease Care & Prevention Q & A

How can I prevent kidney disease?

The best way to maintain healthy kidneys is to prevent or manage conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which are the top two causes of kidney disease.

The following tips help prevent hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and kidney disease.

  • Eat a nutrient-rich diet
  • Consume less salt
  • Get more fiber in your diet
  • Avoid sugary and processed foods
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get treatment for urinary tract infections

 

You should also be careful to follow the instructions for over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. Taking more than the recommended amount of these medications can damage your kidneys.

If you have a family history of kidney disease, it’s even more important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to lower your risk of developing kidney disease. 

What self-care steps can I take if I have kidney disease?

The tips recommended for preventing kidney disease remain important parts of your self-care after a kidney disease diagnosis. The most important steps you can take to care for kidney disease include: 

Control your blood pressure and blood sugar

High blood pressure and high blood sugar damage blood vessels in your kidneys and accelerate kidney failure. 

Follow a kidney diet

It’s essential to adjust your diet to support your kidneys and to prevent high blood levels of potassium, sodium, and phosphorus. You receive a personal nutrition plan at Kingwood Kidney Associates as part of a kidney disease care and prevention plan. 

Take your prescription medications

You should take medications to treat diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol as prescribed to properly control these conditions. Talk to Kingwood Kidney Associates if you have any problems or side effects, and the team can help you find solutions. 

What should I expect from kidney disease care and prevention? 

After learning you have kidney disease, you can depend on the ongoing support you receive at Kingwood Kidney Associates. They provide the medical and dietary care you need to slow down kidney damage as part of your kidney disease care and prevention plan.

When your disease progresses to an advanced stage, and you need dialysis, they offer support for on-site hemodialysis and, if you meet the criteria for peritoneal dialysis, they provide in-depth training and support for home dialysis.  

When you need comprehensive kidney disease care and prevention, call Kingwood Kidney Associates or book an appointment online.