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happy family having fun outdoors People with kidney disease are completely capable of living their lives in a normal way. Although coping with kidney disease may be difficult at first, there are many positive ways for you to manage your health.

Control Other Health Problems

One of the best ways to slow your kidney disease or prevent it from getting worse is to control all other health problems you may have. Disorders such as high blood pressure or diabetes can complicate kidney disease. Some proactive things you can do to improve your overall health include losing weight, cutting salt out of your diet and taking all of your prescribed medications regularly and on time.

Connect With Others

Coping with kidney disease can be emotionally challenging at first. At times you may struggle with fear, resentment or confusion. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. The emotions associated with kidney disease are common and most all families coping with kidney disease experience them as a whole. In order to improve your quality of life, we recommend you find people who know what you’re going through. By joining discussion forums or support groups, you are able to connect with people who fully understand your experience. It enables you to share information, provide support and get advice.

At our kidney centers we have social workers who are open for discussion with patients, family members and friends. They can help you adjust to life with kidney failure. Give us a call at one of our kidney centers and we will provide you with the best resources for living with kidney disease.