26 million Americans currently have chronic kidney disease. 73 million Americans are unaware that they are at risk for developing it. Aisling specializes in providing personalized nutrition counseling to people with kidney disease stages 1-5. As many different factors contribute to the development of kidney disease, your nutrition plan should consider the cause of your kidney disease as well as the needs of your individual body. Some of the most common causes of kidney disease include diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune disease, glomerular diseases, and hereditary kidney disorders.
High blood pressure has been called the ‘silent killer’ as it has the ability to cause significant damage without any symptoms appearing. When you have hypertension, blood is moving in your body at a force that is too high for the arteries and delicate blood vessels of the body to withstand in the long term. Over time, the constant onslaught of pressure can cause your arteries and vessels to become weak and damaged, creating a perfect storm for serious events to occur such as stroke or cardiac arrest. In addition, uncontrolled hypertension can also lead to the development of chronic diseases such as kidney disease, coronary artery disease or heart failure. Aisling can help you address your high blood pressure through diet, supplements, and other lifestyle modifications. This approach, often in conjunction with prescribed medications, can help you control your blood pressure and prevent it from wreaking further damage in your body.
Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to control the amount of sugar circulating in the blood. When blood sugar levels remain persistently high, the extra sugar acts like a poison in the body. If not properly controlled, the excess sugar can harm blood vessels all over the body including the vessels of the heart, kidneys, nervous system, and eyes. This can lead to problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, and neuropathy. When it comes to managing your diabetes, what you choose to eat is extremely important. Achieving a healthy diet and lifestyle will help to prevent diabetic complications from occurring and will also help to manage those that may have already developed.