Car­ing for your kid­neys

Central and North Burnett Times - - AD­VICE. TRUST. CARE. FOR YOUR HEALTH -

HIGH blood pres­sure or ‘hy­per­ten­sion’ is a con­di­tion which af­fects al­most a third of all Aus­tralians. Over time, hy­per­ten­sion dam­ages the blood ves­sels and can in­crease the risk of clots and block­ages. This can af­fect all or­gans, in­clud­ing the heart, brain and kid­neys. It is im­por­tant to have your blood pres­sure checked reg­u­larly as high blood pres­sure can have no symp­toms.

Some of the causes of high blood pres­sure are not known, al­though it is known that it tends to run in fam­i­lies. Life­style fac­tors such as be­ing in­ac­tive, over­weight, smok­ing, drink­ing a lot of al­co­hol and eat­ing a lot of salt can also in­crease your risk.

High blood pres­sure is of­ten com­mon in peo­ple with di­a­betes.

Blood pres­sure is the pres­sure of the blood in the ar­ter­ies as the heart pumps it around the body. High blood pres­sure can re­sult in in­creased risks of stroke, heart dis­ease, kid­ney dis­ease, eye dis­ease and nerve dam­age.

Di­a­betes changes the body chem­istry in a way that in­creases the risk of blood pres­sure.

Peo­ple with di­a­betes should get their blood pres­sure checked reg­u­larly. It is rec­om­mended ev­ery six months for peo­ple with nor­mal blood pres­sure, three months for peo­ple with high blood pres­sure and ev­ery 4-8 weeks if your blood pres­sure med­i­ca­tion is be­ing changed. We work closely with your GP to en­sure op­ti­mal health ben­e­fits are achieved through us­ing your mon­i­tor at home. Good man­age­ment of blood pres­sure for peo­ple with di­a­betes is ex­tremely im­por­tant in de­creas­ing the risk of; stroke, heart dis­ease, kid­ney dis­ease, eye dis­ease and nerve dam­age.

There are six pos­i­tive steps you can take to re­duce blood pres­sure these in­clude don’t smoke, lose ex­cess weight, do reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity (30 min­utes each day on most days of the week), have less salt by lim­it­ing pro­cessed and take­away foods and not adding salt in cook­ing af­ter­wards, limit al­co­hol to two stan­dard drinks per day for men, one stan­dard drink per day for women, with two al­co­hol free days per week and while tablets may be nec­es­sary to help re­duce blood pres­sure, they are in ad­di­tion to, and not a sub­sti­tute for, a healthy eat­ing plan and reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. It is not un­usual to need as many as three or four med­i­ca­tions to con­trol blood pres­sure.

Over time, high blood pres­sure dam­ages your kid­ney’s lead­ing to kid­ney dis­ease. Some peo­ple may not ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms un­til they have lost 90% of their kid­ney func­tion. Blood pres­sure & kid­ney dis­ease are very closely re­lated. Don’t leave it un­til it’s too late to check your kid­ney health.

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