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I was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy about seven years ago and did several rounds of chemotherapy and my IGA nephropathy has been in remission up until two years ago. My blood pressure spiked after I went through a house fire and loosing my mom a few months later . My GFR and creatinine have been fine up until I got a bad tooth infection. My GFR is now 57. It was over 60. I generally only get blood pressure spiked around my menstrual cycle. I’m on 5 mg of Lisinopril once daily to protect my kidneys and keep blood pressure in check. I was wondering if blood pressure and kidneys would be affected by starting a workout regimen. Lifting weights (light weights) and treadmill. Also my regular doctor said I could start on a meal replacement called isagenix and there are one to two days a week that you cleanse with a cleanse drink. Is this OK in your opinion?

Exercise and light weight lifting are excellent ways to maintain your overall health and your kidney health. I have no experience with the supplement that you mention and would not have an opinion about use of this substance. For more … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Exercise, GFR, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments

I was born with one kidney so I tend to pay close attention to its health. My main concern is after exercising I develop proteinuria and I prove this by using the urine-analysis strips. Depending how intense the exercise was, it will determine the protein level in my urine, for example after doing lots of heavy weight lifting, I have seen protein levels as high as 60-100 mg/dL. So with that is the exercise induced proteinuria going cause my kidney function to fail prematurely or lead to kidney issues? Am I more susceptible to exercised induced proteinuria with only having one kidney?

Exercise induced protein in the urine (proteinuria) is also known as orthostatic proteinuria.  If the protein disappears from your urine with rest and after sleeping all night, then this is likely normal.  Some children have this finding and grow out … Continue reading

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I am 52 year old male I have some problems with my kidneys. In the year 2000 of December, suddenly my BP level became very high 150/220. I went to Hospital for checkup and then I found in my report that I had my creatinine level 2.2 and protein discharged from my urine. It has been posted to the Community. Check back in about 24 hours for your response. An easy way to quickly access this page again is to bookmark it right now on your browser. My kidneys size found shrink in ultrasound report. After 3 months, my creatinine level came down to 1.6 and other reports became normal. Recently, I did my ultrasound again and my kidneys size become almost normal. My creatinine level retain under 1.5 to 1.7 and other reports are normal. Please suggest me that what I can do for my healthy life as I am doing bodybuilding exercise 3 times in a week and doing Pranayam (Yoga) exercise daily in the morning.

I suggest that you monitor your blood pressure and make sure the blood pressure is less than 130/80.  I suggest that you eat a low salt healthy diet.  I am an advocate for the DASH diet and you can review … Continue reading

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I am a 76 yr old male trying to stay fit through aerobic workouts and moderate strength training exercises. My GFR is 55 and my last Creatinine level was 126. Will weights or strength training tend to increase Creatinine levels for someone my age with chronic kidney disease?

As you build muscle mass, the creatinine will have a tendency to increase.  This does not mean that there is kidney damage but rather means that you may be developing increased muscle mass.  Exercise and moderate weight training should be … Continue reading

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I’m 17 and weigh 145 pounds. I have one kidney and was wondering the recommended protein intake daily for me if I workout 5 times a week and trying to build mass?

For patients with a single kidney, I recommend no more than 1.5 grams of protein intake per kilogram of body weight per day.  Hence, in your case, I would limit your daily intake of protein to no more than 99 grams … Continue reading

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My yoga teacher tells me that doing poses that involve twists (such are turning and trying to touch the middle of your back with both hands) is good for your kidneys – because it squeezes them out and then when you release the pose “all the blood rushes back in” Is this true? Are doing torso twists good or bad for you when you have stage IV kidney disease?

Exercise of any kind will not hurt the kidneys.  I do not think that yoga poses would harm your kidneys.

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I have CKD stage 3 and creatinine level that stays around 2.7. Age 32. I enjoy exercise but am unsure what is safe and what is not. I know heavy weights are unsafe, but what about strenuous body weight exercises such as pushups and pullups/chinups?

You are correct that lifting heavy weights for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and high blood pressure can be a problem that makes blood pressure more difficult to control.  All other exercises should not pose a problem for your … Continue reading

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I’m a 45 yr-old male in decent shape with Stage 3 CKD. I am struggling with weight loss and am considering trying a modified high-quality meal replacement shake in addition to my workouts to aid in weight loss. At 5’9″ I’m fairly muscular with a 48″ chest and a 36″ waist, but can’t seem to lose my belly fat no matter what I do, and have just crested the 215lb mark… I need to lose 20 pounds. I don’t eat processed or fast foods and drink plenty of water. Any suggestions?

I am a strong proponent of the DASH diet in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) Stage 3.  The DASh diet with increased intake of fruits and vegetables and limiting calories to 1500 kilocalories per day and coupled with your … Continue reading

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I am 29 year old male. My serum creatinine level rose to 2.4. Can I do natural exercise?

Almost all exercises have been shown to benefit blood pressure control and kidney disease.  I do not recommend lifting heavy weights (greater than 10 kilograms).  I recommend increasing physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week.  I recommend careful … Continue reading

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I have a question about the kidneys, protein consumption and physical activity. I’m female, 25 years old and weigh 195 lbs. My renal function is a little below normal due to prior Pyelonephritis. I am 36% in my left kidney and 64% in my right kidney . I wonder if physical activity can raise the amount of protein consumption so that my kidneys aren’t stressed too much? I have a vision in my mind that if the protein is directly used for muscle development, not all of the intake would have to be filtered throughout the kidney. Or does physical activity not affect this at all? If I were to gain a lot of muscles would protein be set free if the muscles degenerate as I age?

Protein consumption in excess of 1.5 grams per kilogram of body weight per day could result in more damage to the kidney regardless of your exercise.  I do not recommend a high protein intake if you have underlying chronic kidney disease (CKD). … Continue reading

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