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New Year’s resolutions for PKD patients

Start your 2018 off right with healthy resolutions!

The new year is almost here! If you’re looking for PKD-friendly resolutions, check out the list below for tips and tricks to keep your health up in 2018:

1) Cut sodium in your diet. To keep flavor up and salt down, try out salt-free seasoning blends or experiment with vinegars, spices and herbs. Avoid processed foods like hot dogs, canned soups, microwave dinners and packaged lunch meats—they’re often high in sodium content.

Water aerobics is a good low-impact exercise option for PKD patients.

2) Consult with your physician about what exercise routines are best for you at your stage. Keeping active can have a positive impact on your PKD, and any activity, however low-key, is better than none at all. Look into low-impact exercises like water aerobics or Pilates, and start with exercising one or two days a week. Be sure to go at your own pace to avoid overexerting yourself or risking injury.

3) Keep moving. If you already have an established exercise routine, keep it up into the new year! Exercise helps lower blood pressure, decrease heart disease risks, improves your energy and mood, helps with digestion and lowers stress levels.

4) Review your medications and the prescribed amount. Discuss with your doctor what you’re taking, how you feel and how your body is responding to the medicines based on your lab results. The new year is a great time to get on track and see if you’re taking the right medications or if there are ones you no longer need to take. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines and herbal, vitamin or mineral supplements. Make sure what you’re putting into your body helps you get the best out of it.

Keep hydrated to decrease your vasopressin levels!

5) If you’re not on dialysis, increase your water intake. Drinking water regularly throughout the day and with each meal will help lower your vasopressin, the hormone that stimulates cyst growth in PKD. If water is not your go-to beverage, don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your morning coffee or afternoon tea. You do, however, want to make sure you’re paying attention to your water intake, and doing your best to limit caffeinated and sugary drinks. To kick this off, try switching one non-water beverage each day for water.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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