How much water should a person drink in a day? And does it matter how you drink it? Like if I drink most of mine in the morning so that I am not up all night does it matter? I have heard some say little sips all day long, some chug-a-lug a large amount every few hours. Does it make a difference to the kidneys.
My creatinine level is 1.4 Ė 1.6 with a GFR of 35. I want to do whatís best for my kidneys to keep those numbers from rising.
I don't think it makes a huge difference of when you drink it, but you are probably a bit better off not drinking it all at once. I try to get most of my drinking (for my transplant) done before dinner, so I don't have to run to the bathroom at night.
As for keeping your creatinine stable, there are lots of things. Hydrating will help as will eating less animal protein, keeping sodium intake down, and making sure that your blood pressure is in a normal range too.
As far as my blood pressure goes, it is hovering right around 150/100. I know it is high and the only meds I can get from my doctor is a diuretic. I was on Metroprolol for a month and had horrible body aches, then tried Norvasc and lived constantly with a bad headache that some days turned into a migraine. I tried to get him to prescribe an Ace inhibiter or ARB because I hear they are more friendly to the kidneys (right?) but instead he wanted me off everything but the diuretic for 2 weeks to see if there is change. I go back on the 4th of January for another follow-up. I argued that this is not good or safe for my kidneys that we should be doing everything to keep it below 130/80 (so Iíve read). He said temporarily for it to get as high as 170/100 wonít cause too much damage. I think he is wrong and think I need to look for a new doctor.
While technically he is correct, I personally would be more comfortable with someone who is a little more aggressive about keeping my bp in a healthy and safe range. Definitely try the ace or the arb. They are very good for kidneys.
When I was mentioning to chug-a-lug the water I was meaning something like drinking 8-10 oz. at a time verses little sips. Also what should be the goal as to how much water intake for a day. What does everybody else work towards?
I have had a transplant and I am supposed to shoot for about 2 liters per day. The guidelines for transplant patients to keep them properly hydrated are on average 1 ounce per kilogram of body weight (divide weight in pounds by 2.2 to get kilos). This is an average but I suspect that it is similar for anyone who wants to keep hydrated.