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Is Smoking Bad for Kidney Patients

2013-12-10 09:08

Is Smoking Bad for Kidney PatientsMany people are addicted to smoking. But as long as they are diagnosed with kidney disease, their doctors require them to stop smoking. They may wonder that whether smoking is really bad for kidney patients. Here I will give the accurate answer—Yes, of course. Why is smoking bad for the kidneys? Here I will explain it to you.

Smoking can worsen proteinuria.

Nicotine in the cigarette can stimulate the kidney to excrete more angiotensin II so as to narrow the blood vessels. When blood flow to the kidneys is reduced, it sustains damage to the glomerulus, which is the filter of the kidney. As a result, protein in the blood leaks out of glomerulus. So smokers with kidney disease is prone to have more protein in their urine.

Smoking increases blood pressure.

Smoking hurts your heart and blood vessels. This damage can cause high blood pressure. Besides, smoking interferes with some of the medicines used to treat high blood pressure. High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.

How to quit smoking?

There are various ways for a person to quit smoking:

You can use nicotine replacement therapies recommended by your doctor, such as gum, patches, tablets, inhalers and prescription medicines like Zyban®. You can also do something your are interested in so that it can distract your attention. What is more, you can join some smoking support groups. I believe if you are willing to stop smoking, you can do it.

Though kidney disease can not be cured, you can change some of your bad habit and take some treatments to slow its progression. It is widely acknowledged that smoking is a major risk for developing life-threatening health problems. In order to live more healthily, you had better stop smoking as early as possible, or it will accelerate the progression to end stage kidney disease. If you need help, please contact us. We are always glad to help you.

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