Prevent Kidney Disease
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One in three Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is a leading cause of kidney disease and increases your risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. There is no cure, but treatment and lifestyle changes, including taking high blood pressure medications, following a healthy diet and exercising regularly can lower blood pressure.
Even if you’re taking medications to lower blood pressure, it’s important to reduce your sodium intake by cutting down on high salt foods. The National Kidney Foundation recommends that those with high blood pressure or kidney disease limit daily sodium intake to 2,000 milligrams (mg). To put it in perspective, a teaspoon of salt contains about 2,400 mg of sodium, so 2,000 mg can add up quickly. Here are the National Kidney Foundation’s five foods to avoid if you have high blood pressure:
Many thanks to Susan Lupackino, MHS, RD, LDN for her contributions to this article.
Susan Lupackino is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who is passionate about helping others live a healthier and active lifestyle. For more information about Susan visit her website, www.foodisgood.co.
References: USDA nutrient data base
Cheese spread, pasteurized process, American, 2 thin slices contain 456mg sodium
Ham, sliced, packaged (96% fat free, water added), 2 slice serving contains 604 mg sodium
Reduced fat ranch dressing, 2 tablespoon serving contains 336 mg sodium
Soy sauce (made from soy, tamari), 2 tablespoon contains 1,005 mg sodium