You and modern medicine
Modern medicine, dialysis treatment and medication are just one part of coping with condition and living an active life. Many patients want to know what they can do to support their health and well-being.
1) Social life
Remember that your roles in life as wife, husband, parent, friend or expert in your particular profession, are still there and remain important. Make a conscious effort to take care of them.
2) Sports & activities
Maintain your hobbies and your everyday life. It’s also valuable to engage in sports. Physical exercise contributes significantly to leading a normal life. Just make sure to consult with your doctor before you take part in any sports.
3) Eating & drinking
In kidney disease in particular, a balanced diet is essential for your well-being and to avoid further complications. Your doctor and your dietician will help you to understand what foods are good for you. There are many recipes that are healthy and tasty.
Be a little more cautious with your choice of food and the amount you drink, especially on weekends, because the interval to the next dialysis session is a day longer. Thus, it’s more likely to exceed healthy limits.
It’s no secret: Smoking in general is harmful to your health. This is especially true for people with kidney disease as smoking puts a strain on the heart and blood vessels. If you are still smoking, now is a good time to quit. Your dialysis staff will help you to succeed.
6) Frustrations & support
Many patients with chronic disease go through difficult phases. Always remember: Your family, friends as well as the people in your renal care center are there for you if you need support. In addition, there’s the opportunity to join self-help groups or patient communities. You never walk alone.
Open communication with your healthcare team is important for your health – both mental and physical. Your doctor and the nursing staff always have your best interests at heart. Don’t be afraid to ask. They will support you to the best of their knowledge and ability.