Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients are often hypersensitive (highly sensitive) to their health; and that is for good reason. Due to low immune systems, high levels of Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, frequent Blood Sugar/Pressure fluctuations, and what many consider to be rigorous Kidney Transplant List qualification process - Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics must remain very cautious to maintain their health and desired quality of life. That said, even the most vigilant Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patient can make mistakes, and when unintentionally compounded (done over and over again) the health results may be devastating, right?
KidneyBuzz.com has compiled a list of the most common Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes health mistakes that we have come across. This list does not include obvious things like, "Take your medication on time." No, these are lesser known issues that may be serious for many Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients if done unknowingly over time. Just take a look:
1.) Brushing Your Teeth Just After Meals - After eating many Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetic patients brush their teeth, especially those on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List who know how important dental health is to remain eligible for a Kidney Transplant. However, a leading specialist at the Academy of General Dentistry suggests that you may be doing more harm than good.
The acid from some drinks, fruits, and vegetables can soften tooth enamel, and by brushing you ultimately "speed up the effect of the acid" causing erosion and decay of your teeth. Hence people, including those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes, should wait 30 to 60 minutes after consuming foods and beverages before brushing, or rinse their mouths out with plain water.
2.) Drinking Warm Tap Water - Due to the fact that tap water has varying degrees of purity and safety, unfiltered water is not typically recommended for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients who often struggle with low immune systems. What's more according to scientists, "drinking water from the warm tap could cause lead poisoning."
Although scientists emphasize that the risks of lead poisoning is small, Dialysis patients who cannot filter excess minerals from their body may be at an increased risk. Thus Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients may consider using cold tap water (preferably filtered) for drinking and cooking.
3.) Skipping Breakfast - If breakfast is missed, not only will most Chronic Kidney Disease patients feel less active and sluggish it can in fact worsen Diabetes, increase the risk of getting Diabetes as well as lead to obesity (your body stores up more fat to use as fuel throughout the rest of the day), and higher risk of heart attack. Thus, make sure you get your morning breakfast even if it is a Grab-and-Go meal such as fruit or a cereal bar.
4.) Carrying A Heavy Bag - Whether you are heading to Dialysis or traveling with your necessary Diabetes medications, sometimes you have a lot of stuff to carry. Most Dialysis patients know that they should not lift anything heavy with their AV Fistula arm, but what about their other arm? If you are a Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetic patient be sure to purge your carry bag to make sure you are packing light. Otherwise by lugging a heavy bag around you can cause back spasms, neck problems, arthritis, or worse. Some have found by using a smaller bag it forces them to carry ONLY the things that they need. Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics may consider this strategy.
5.) Thinking That Only Food Impacts Blood Sugar - Both Diabetics along with many Non-Diabetic Chronic Kidney Disease patients must contend with Blood Sugar fluctuations. While most believe that changes in Blood Sugar are because of food (carbohydrates, and to a lesser extent fat and protein), this is not always the case. It is critical to also look at factors beyond food to correct or maintain healthy Blood Sugar levels such as stress, physical activity (may cause Low Blood Sugar), and sleep patterns.
6.) Embracing Extremes: Perfection or Failure - Dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes is a marathon, not a sprint. You will likely never have perfect health. Hence, by pushing too hard for perfection you may burn yourself out and become frustrated with your condition(s). Similarly, giving up altogether leads to certain disaster. Find a middle path by seeking to improve your health, doing the best that you can, and forgiving yourself for being human. Nobody’s perfect!
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