So why go to the trouble of blogging about the treatment and management of CKD? My own story is that a routine check-up revealed I had an eGFR of 59 in September 2019, by December the eGFR had fallen to 54, it bounced back to 63 in February and by the beginning of lock-down in 2020, my score was 69. I still have protein in my urine and so I know my kidneys are damaged. But how do I account for this turnaround? The first thing I did is to improve my knowledge of CKD. My own doctor’s care provided me with the necessary data to understand something of my condition but I wanted to know more.
My first job was to trawl through the scientific literature to explore the current thinking in the treatment and management of stages 2 and 3a of CKD. Whilst I acknowledge the power of western scientific approaches to medicine, I’m particularly interested in natural treatments and beneficial lifestyle changes. Based on the preliminary research (and conversations with my doctor) I created a plan to help my kidneys.
The three initial steps that I took were:
- ensuring I was properly hydrated at all times
- reducing my consumption of animal products
- starting to drink red sage tea
I will elaborate on each of these three measures in my next blogs, but at this early stage, I want to stress that I consider these three changes instrumental in raising my eGFR rate from 54 to 69. I know I still have kidney problems, the level of albumen in my urine is proof of that. But as a starting point, this course of action appears to have delivered some welcome benefits. Even if these changes turn out to be short-term or simply a placebo effect, I think anyone suffering from CKD will agree, increasing the filtration rate by almost 30% in a great start.
So what does this mean for you? Each of us that has experienced poor kidney function is likely to have a relatively unique profile. The factors contributing to CKD may include blood pressure, prostate health, diet, level of stress, level of hydration and physical fitness. Point is your conditions are different to mine, so you will have to do some research into areas that you can most easily influence. I will be sharing more information, advice and tips, but I want to start you off thinking about what you can do to improve your kidney function, if only by 1%!