by Tim Horn
Use these tips to stop kidney problems before they start
Watch Your Weight
overweight is a major risk factor for diabetes and hypertension, the
top causes of renal disease. If you’re overweight, shed pounds
gradually and sensibly. (Translation: Skip the fad diets and
over-the-counter pills and consult your doc.)
Eat (and Drink) Smart
Taking HIV meds requires drinking at least eight 8-oz. glasses of
water a day. To fight diabetes and hypertension, eat a diet low in
calories, fat and sodium and high in fiber, fruits, nuts and whole
grains. Since alcohol can wreak havoc on blood pressure, men shouldn’t
exceed two drinks daily and women shouldn’t surpass one.
Regular exercise is an essential prevention tool. Take a brisk walk, go running or even dance for at least 30 minutes a day.
Sources: The National Kidney Foundation; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention