Living with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Making changes to your lifestyle can help lower your blood pressure and control your kidney disease. You should:

  • stop smoking, if you smoke
  • eat a balanced diet that’s low in fat, and no more 6g (0.2oz) of salt a day
  • not take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen (unless a
  • medical professional says it’s OK)
  • drink within your daily alcohol units – that’s two to three units for women and three to four for men
  • lose weight if you’re overweight
  • get regular exercise – about half an hour a day, five times a week.

Although you can’t undo the damage that’s already happened to your kidneys, leading a healthy lifestyle and following your doctor’s advice can help stop your condition from getting worse. It’s even possible to live without symptoms.

Relevant Topics


Kidney disease


What is Kidney Disease?

Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease

Living with Chronic Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease Services

Shropshire Services & Support Groups - Kidney Disease

National Services - Kidney Disease


Self Care and Support

Self Care and Support - Introduction

Self Care and Support - Aims

Shropshire Services & Support Groups - Self Care and Support

National Services - Self Care and Support


Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan)

Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Information

Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Document Sections