Kidney Health Q&A With Dr. Griffin Rodgers

    High blood pressure can be treated and controlled with medicine and lifestyle changes. There are a few things that you can do to change your diet. You can improve your eating habits by adjusting portion sizes and still enjoy delicious foods and an occasional treat. Also, sneak in fruits and vegetables. You can add berries to your cereal or crunchy vegetables to your sandwich. Meet with a dietitian to develop a plan.

    Nita Roquemore Simon-Bennett: Why is my Blood Pressure low at night and up and down in the day time?? I lost over 50 lbs trying to get healthy and started having problems with my Heart Rate was put on a beta blocker for the HR and my BP started acting up I’ve been on 3 different pills and the new pills makes my HR go up to 201 instead of the 156 he wants it to be at hole time I’m running on the elliptical…

    A person’s blood pressure varies during the daily cycle.  It’s best that you speak with your health provider about this to get more clarity.

    General Health Questions

    Katye Brown: What can I do to get back health?

    Hi Kayte, you should try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day (swimming, walking, or dancing) and also be careful with your food choices by selecting dishes that are healthy for your heart such as fresh fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.

    Phyllis Marie Allen: I have all three going on. Diabetic 32yrs. High Blood pressure won’t come down below 170/89. PD dialysis 3 times a day. I will tune in to see what’s said about it.

    Blood pressure should be controllable with diet, fluid restriction, and adjustment of dialysis. You should discuss with a nephrologist and a renal dietitian.

    Nadia Bipialaka: I have HTN and just found out I have PVD. I was told I also need to get my renal arteries checked. For a couple months now I have been having urinary frequency. Bladder seems full with a lot of pressure, but when go to urinate there are only approx 30cc. What is this?

    Frequent small urination may not be related to arterial disease. You should discuss with your health provider.

    Jay Ark: my question, due to hyper tension my doctor prescribe lisinaprel (sp) as a result my kidneys function level had reached 39 since then he has changed my script and now its down to 26, I am 39, female and about 40 lbs over weight, what would be my ideal kidney level be?

    If the kidney function level is referring to eGFR, then you may have kidney disease. EGFR below 60 may mean kidney disease. You can’t raise your GFR, but you can focus on preventing or slowing further damage. Talk to your provider about steps that you should take to manage your kidney health.

    Alonda Smoot: My glom filter rate was at 65.5 ml/min. Should i be concerned?

    Alonda, it’s great that you’re tracking your kidney function!  GFR (glomerular filtration rate) of 60 or higher is not considered CKD. Talk to your health provider about how often you should have your GFR checked, because you could still be at risk.

    Rhonda Blackwell: What foods lower blood sugar?

    You can use the glycemic index to find foods that will help keep your blood sugar low. The glycemic index is a ranking of foods based on how quickly they raise blood glucose levels. Sticking to foods with a low glycemic index can help keep your blood sugar low. Fat and fiber tend to lower the glycemic index of a food. Low glycemic index foods include 100% whole wheat or pumpernickel bread, sweet potato, lima beans, peas, most fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, such as white bread, pasta, rice, and baked goods, tend to have a high glycemic index.

    Arencther Benson-Marshall: What is the effect ur weight have on ur kidney.

    Being overweight is associated with kidney damage.  For many reasons, try to reach a healthy weight through exercise and diet.

    Lee Hodge: Is there some way to clense your kidneys from all the toxins ingested throughout the years?

    Kidney damage is usually permanent (not reversible).  The goal is usually to prevent further damage through medical management and avoiding exposure to substances which can harm kidneys.

    Dyanne Aldridge: Is something wrong with your kidneys if u don’t use the bathroom all day I have all three things fighting against me and I am afraid.

    Not necessarily but you should check with your health provider to be sure your kidneys and bladder are healthy.

    Shana Sheffield- Powell: What effects do flood pills have on kidneys. Can kidneys become dependent on them?

    If you have significant kidney damage it may be difficult for your kidneys to excrete excess salt and water without taking a diuretic (water pill).

    Karen L Brown: Being treated for FSGS and trying to keep protein intake under control. Am at stage 2 CKD. Is there a certain guideline for the daily amount of protein?

    It’s best to talk to a dietitian who can make sure you’re eating enough protein to stay healthy but not more than that.

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