Treatment of Kidney Disease
Most people at all stages of chronic kidney disease have high blood pressure and/or diabetes.
Controlling blood pressure will slow further kidney damage.
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as lisinopril, or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), such as losartan or valsartan, are used most often to control blood pressure and protect the kidneys from further damage.
- The goal is to keep blood pressure at or below 130/80 mmHg.
- Controlling blood sugars can also slow further kidney damage.
Making lifestyle changes can help protect the kidneys and prevent heart disease and stroke, including:
- Stopping smoking, if you smoke.
- Eating meals that are low in fat and cholesterol.
- Getting regular exercise (talk to your doctor before starting to exercise).
- Seeing your doctor at least once or twice a year for regular checkups.
- Taking drugs to lower your cholesterol, if needed.
- Keeping your blood sugar and blood pressure under control.
- Avoiding eating too much salt or potassium.
If you have questions about chronic kidney disease or trouble getting or taking your medications, please contact your doctor, or the Sharp Community Medical Group Disease Management Team at 858-499-3040.
Last Physician Review - January 13, 2015