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Everyday Mistakes That Are Harmful to Your Kidneys

Dr. Yasir Hussain

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While some habits are noticeably harmful to our health, we might be unaware of others. These unhealthy habits put a lot of pressure on our kidneys, which are one of the most important organs of our body. Kidneys regulate blood pressure, filter out toxins from our blood and are also tasked with the eliminations of waste from the body. Damage done to the kidneys is irreversible and can also increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Here are some everyday mistakes according to top nephrologist in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore that you should give up for the sake of your kidneys and overall health:

1-Smoking Cigarettes:

The harmful effects of smoking go beyond heart and lung, as studies have shown that smokers usually have more protein in their urine, which is a symptom of kidney damage. Other diseases that take a toll on kidneys, like high blood pressure and diabetes, are also worsened by smoking. Smokers are also more at a risk of needing or kidney transplants or dialysis.

2-Consuming Packaged Food:

Processed foods are high in sodium, which can lead to both heart and kidney problems. When you consume too much salt, your body flushes it out when you urinate, along with calcium. This increases your chances of developing kidney stones. The upper limit for sodium is at 2,300 milligrams, and most people exceed that. While we are mindful of fat, carbs, and calories, we often don’t pay attention to sodium according to top nephrologist in Islamabad.

3-Long-Term Use Of Painkillers:

Using certain high dose painkillers for a prolonged effect of time can be detrimental to kidney tissues and structures. Both prescription and over the counter pain medications can be damaging to the kidneys as they reduce blood flow. You should particularly be wary of non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Nearly 1 to 3 percent of cases of chronic kidney failure are caused by the overuse of pain medication.

4-Not Drinking Enough Water:

While everyone’s water requirements may vary, chugging less than four glasses of water a day can really challenge your kidneys. Water is required to flush out excess sodium and regulate blood pressure. When you are parched, your blood pressure dips, reducing blood flow to your kidney. This can be an issue as kidneys are very sensitive to blood flow.

5-High Sugar Intake:

If you have a sweet tooth, you will need to kick the habit as high sugar intake can lead to obesity and diabetes, both of which have been linked to kidney diseases. Cutting down your sugar intake or completely eliminating it will dial down your risk for obesity, diabetes, and kidney diseases. Cutting back on sugary, processed food will also reduce your calorie intake and help you avoid chemicals and sodium.

If you suspect your harmful habits have been putting a pressure on your kidneys for years, it is recommended that you visit a doctor. You can find and book an appointment with a top nephrologist in Islamabad, Lahore and  Karachi, and through oladoc. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Yasir Hussain - Author Dr. Yasir Hussain is a Nephrologist practicing in Lahore. Dr. Yasir Hussain has the following degrees: MBBS, FCPS (Nephrology) and has 10 years of experience. You can book an appointment with Dr. Yasir Hussain by calling us or using the 'book appointment' button.
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