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I have left kidney and wonder if there is a special diet or…

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I have left kidney and...
I have left kidney and wonder if there is a special diet or treatment to preserve function?
I am 82 years old and in pretty good health except for high blood pressure.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Medical
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

As i have only one kidney left after a recent nephectromy and am concerned about keeping this one healthy for the remainder of my life...are there any special instructions

required?

Doctor: Doctor Ellis, Doctor replied 8 years ago

Thank you for the information, I understand your concern.

First, the most important thing for you to do is to make sure that your blood pressure is under control. This is one of the biggest causes of kidney dysfunction in most people, along with diabetes, which you should also be screened for regularly. Your doctor should also regularly screen your cholesterol and if high it should be treated.

I suggest that you have a low salt diet and drink plenty of water daily - at least 10 8oz glasses/day.

You should run ALL medications and supplements by your doctor before taking them to make sure they are not toxic to the kidney and avoid anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or naprosyn in large or frequent doses.

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Good Luck and Best Wishes!

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