Living Well with One Kidney
Tips for maintaining long-term health with one kidney:
- Exercise at least four times a week for 30 minutes.
- Eat a balanced and appropriate caloric diet.
- Avoid saturated and trans fats.
- Eat whole grains, and plenty of vegetables and fruits.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Talk to your doctor before taking over-the-counter medication or supplements for more than a week
- Monitor you blood pressure. A desirable blood pressure is less than 120/70. You may need treatment if your blood pressure is greater than 130/80.
- Stay well hydrated and drink at least 2 liters (about eight glasses) of fluid per day. Drink more if you are sweating.
- Avoid high protein meal plans, such as the Atkins Diet, and high protein drinks. High protein diets can overwork and damage your kidney.
- Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS). Talk to your primary care provider about alternatives if you need a pain reliever.
- Avoid nicotine.