Every week we talk about health and even though it is an open health show, I was curious to talk a little bit about the kidneys. Everyone including my Mum moans at me for not drinking enough water which makes me worry about the state of my poor kidneys.

On today’s show we had Dr Kitur Patel, a GP who has a patient portfolio of over 2500 patients. He said that people who suffered from kidney stones needed to be very careful in relation to their calcium intake as the stones were due to this. He suggested a balanced diet and desi diet free diet. So no samosas, ghee, buttery foods and even carbonated drinks for those who had kidney issues. I was amazed when I read that 6000 people are on the organ donation list for a kidney transplant and that constituted 90% of the people on the waiting list.

Dr Patel stated that it was vital to maintain a healthy work-life balance and avoid stress as it was one of the biggest causes of illnesses and ailments. However in relation to kidney issues one could always find more information on the NHS website and also the internet in general.

According to the NHS website, if you have kidney disease, you’ll benefit from improving your lifestyle and looking after your heart even more than the general population.  If you do the following it will certainly benefit your overall health even if you have kidney issues too.

  • Lose any excess weight and exercise regularly (at least 150 minutes each week for the average adult). Find out if you are a healthy weight using this tool to check your BMI. Read more about how to lose weight.
  • Stop smoking. Read more about how the NHS can help you stop smoking.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. If you have severe kidney disease, a dietitian will advise if you need to follow a special diet. Read about how to achieve a balanced diet.
  • Reduce the salt in your diet to help keep your blood pressure down, and avoid salt substitutes, too. Read more about how to cut down on salt.
  • Take extra care to keep your blood pressure and blood sugar at normal levels if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Drink water as normal when you feel you want to, unless you’ve been advised otherwise by your doctor or dietitian. There’s no evidence that drinking extra water or fluids will help if you have kidney disease. Read more about how much water you should drink.