Just Diagnosed

Newly Diagnosed With Kidney Disease?
Being diagnosed with a chronic condition like kidney disease can be scary.

First, ask your doctor: What stage and type of kidney disease do you have?

Then, talk to your doctor and get answers to the following questions:

  • What can I do to keep my kidneys healthy?
  • What medicines should I take?
  • What kind of activities or exercise would be good for me?
  • What foods would be good for me to eat?
  • How often should I get my kidneys checked?
  • How will I know when to see a kidney doctor (nephrologist)?

Knowing is the first step in taking charge of your healthcare.

You are not alone.

In Wisconsin, there is a program offered for men and women who have or who are living with someone who has a chronic condition like kidney disease or diabetes. This program is available in every county in Wisconsin and is called “Living Well with Chronic Conditions.”  Over a period of six weeks, you will meet other people who live in your area who are learning to change their lifestyle, take new medications, eat differently, talk to family, friends and their doctor about their medical condition. Most programs are free of charge. Call 608-243-5690 or visit the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging to find a program that will be offered near you.

It just makes sense to follow a healthy lifestyle, especially if you have kidney disease.

  • Know what your target goal is for your blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
  • Limit the sodium in your diet.
  • Fill prescriptions and take all medicines the way your doctor tells you to.
  • Quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Get moving. Stay active.
  • Lose those extra pounds.

Food & Kidney Disease
We all know that some foods are better for us than others. A dietitian can help you learn about good nutrition, food preparation and healthy cooking as well as kidney-friendly foods.  You will also want to become a better shopper, especially reading food labels and understanding how sodium, protein, phosphorous and potassium affect your body.

How do you find a dietitian?

  • Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to connect you to a dietitian
  • Ask the manager at your local grocery store. Most larger retailers have a dietitian on staff.

You can also sign up to receive updates on educational programs, services and other events for you and your family.