Originally Posted by stophypertensio
Kidneys play a huge role in regulating blood pressure, but if you have one... chances are it won't be enough.
My goal is to obviously have a very good diet, be in the best shape I could possible be, and possibly find the right combination of supplements to help regulate it without the excess need of blood pressure meds.
This quest will not be easy, but I'm up for it.
My 85 year old-"friend" would disagree. She's lived with one kidney most of her adult life. She is healthy, very active and has no problems with her blood pressure.
I know things don't always run smoothly. The most important thing you can do is to ensure you have good blood pressure control, as you surely know. As our nephrologists say - blood pressure control is the number 1, number 2 and number 3 most important thing for preserving kidney function.
Your healthy diet will help you maintain good blood pressure control and heart health.
When it comes to blood pressure targets for people with kidney issues, this is where it gets really interesting. Generally, 130/80 or less is recommended. In the presence of urinary protein excretion of >1.0 g/d, the recommended level is 110-129mmHg. Systolic blood pressure of <110 mmHg is associated with a higher
risk of kidney disease progression. Excessive lowering of systolic blood pressure can be detrimental to kidney health. As Fam pointed out in one of her recent posts, excessive lowering of diastolic pressure can also create problems. So, in blood pressure control, lower isn't always better.
What is your blood pressure target? Mine is 110/70 but I am usually well below these values.
You have to be careful with supplements. Don't take anything at all without consulting your nephrologist. They are drugs in their own right and can be toxic to the kidney in excessive amounts.