What is the proper amount of fluid for kidney disease?

By CaliKo Latest Reply 2011-04-07 21:25:17 -0500
Started 2011-04-07 15:02:49 -0500

Hi all, I just had a physical and the results are in. Mostly I'm doing very well, A1C was 5.8 and most of the tests came back normal. The only one that concerns me, and the doctor said it's just something we need to watch at this point, was the microalbumin test. I'm showing trace amounts of protein in my urine. Well, we all know that 33 percent of diabetics end up with kidney disease, so I'm taking this very seriously. I asked my doctor what I could do, and he said I'm already doing everything. So I started researching it myself to see if in fact I am doing what I'm supposed to do. I do keep my blood glucose under good control, exercise daily and follow my meal plan … mostly. But when I cheat it's with foods that don't impact my blood glucose much, like cheese, nuts or meat. So, I'm not very good limiting my protein to the 6-7 ounces daily that's on my meal plan. So I need to be more careful with that. And salt. I've never restricted my love of salt, so there's a lot of room for improvement there. And alcohol. I don't have a drink every day, but when I do, I might have two glasses of wine instead of the one I'm allowed. Sigh. I was surprised to read that those with kidney disease have fluids limited, but I guess it makes sense. I know it's individualized, but would anyone who is further down this road than myself, or is just knowledgable care to share with me what is a proper amount of fluids to consume in a day? I always thought water at least would be unlimited, but I guess that's just not true.

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glee9349 2011-04-07 18:22:50 -0500 Report

I am a type 2 diabetic caused from my antirejections that i take due to a kidney transplant years ago. I was on dialysis for years before my transplant and the doctor will tell you when and how much to limit yourself to when it comes to that point that you need to limit the amount. Your right everyone is different and the doctor will let you know. The alchohol is really not the right thing to drink but when you do its not often so i guess that wont be to much of a problem for you. The salt issue there is a lot of lower sodium foods out there that still taste good. I never liked the salt sub so i tried stuff like Mrs. Dash and stuff like that that dont' have a lot of sodium. But i would watch your dairy like cheese and milk and nuts and yogurts some because it will make your phospherous go up you will learn that as you go. But it sounds like your doing everything you can to help your situation. GOOD JOB! Im 37 and i have been fighting kidney disease most of my life so i can empathize with you. But don't get too down because once your use to things you can still have a great life. If ever need to chat leave me a message. My online name here is glee9349. Good luck and take care.

CaliKo 2011-04-07 21:25:17 -0500 Report

Thanks, I really appreciate the offer. I do like herbs and pepper, so I'll just use them and wean myself away from the salt. Thanks for all your tips.

re1ndeer 2011-04-07 15:44:09 -0500 Report

Here is an article on fluid control with kidney disease.: http://www.aakp.org/aakp-library/Fluid-Control/

CaliKo 2011-04-07 16:05:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for that article. Sounds like drinking water is not an issue if and until I start retaining fluids or definately once one goes on dialysis. I'll probably curb my habit of drinking so much coffee, though, that can't be a good thing. I'll stick to just a couple of cups in the morning. I'm just trying to do the things that will prevent or delay a possible problem. Thanks for commenting.

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