How to Repair Kidney Damage

By Kelli Cooper

Kidney damage is most often the result of another medical condition. The extent you can repair this damage will depend on the underlying cause, the particular type of kidney problems you have, and how advanced the damage is. Severe cases of kidney damage will require dialysis to help your body filter out waste and fluids. A kidney transplant might also be an option if you have no other health problems and you can find a suitable donor. In most cases, you will not be able to fully repair your kidneys, but you can do several things to improve current function or slow progression to some extent.

Manage all underlying health problems diligently. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions that impact kidney health, you need to take all medications as directed and follow all of your doctor’s instructions regarding self-care and lifestyle changes. Taking the appropriate measures to treat these conditions can improve kidney health.

Check with your health care provider before using any sort of medication, including over-the-counter drugs like pain relievers. Certain drugs can negatively affect kidney function and will worsen already diseased kidneys.

Take all medications related to your kidney damage as directed. You might need to take medications to control your blood pressure, treat anemia and address other conditions brought on by kidney damage.

Work with a nutritionist, ideally one who has experience with kidney disease, to design an eating plan appropriate for your condition. Eating a proper diet is very important when you have kidney damage. You will need to monitor your intake of protein, cholesterol, sodium and potassium. Your doctor can help you find an experienced practitioner.

Talk to your doctor about liquid consumption. In the early stages of damage, drinking lots of water can be beneficial, but if your condition is more advanced you will need to limit your intake. Your doctor can offer guidance on how much liquid is appropriate for you.

Do not drink alcohol.


Keep up with all scheduled testing to monitor your condition; this will help your doctor treat you most effectively.

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