Your test shows you are at LOW RISK of kidney failure in five years. This means your kidneys are mostly healthy and we want to keep them this way. But you do have a low chance of more kidney problems in the next five years.
Goal: Keep your kidneys from having more problems
Watch the video below for more information on what happens now. Click here for this video with OJIBWAY narration or CREE narration (coming soon).
What can we do now?
We will send a letter to your doctor or nurse with your results and suggestions for health care treatments they can provide if needed.
We will recommend that your doctor or nurse test your kidney function and blood pressure every year. We will keep a record of your yearly kidney tests, and remind you and your main nurse or doctor if a test was missed. If your doctor finds more kidney problems, you will be given an appointment to see a kidney doctor.
Get checked every year.
It is really important for a doctor or nurse to see how your kidneys are doing EVERY YEAR. This way we can know if they are staying the same or if there are any problems starting.
You know your body best.
If you think something is changing or wrong – make sure to see a health-care provider.
Keep your kidneys healthy.
What are all the ways you already keep your kidneys healthy? Is there another goal you want to work on to help your kidney health?
Limit/Stop Smoking – (Ask your doctor about medications to help you quit!)
Eat Lots of Healthy Foods
Limit/Stop Drinking Alcohol
Manage my Diabetes/Blood Sugar – (Talk to your nurse or doctor if you need help.)
Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure
Go for Yearly Check Ups & Ask About Blood Pressure and Kidney Function
Take Medications Only as Prescribed – (Ask your pharmacist if medications you take affect your kidney health.)
Use the Safe/Recommended Amount of Medication (like Ibuprofen/Advil, Naproxen, etc.) & Ask Your Doctor About It
Find Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress or Depression (Talk to a health-care provider or family/friends if you are depressed.)
Get Enough Sleep
Be Physically Active
Who will help me?
Community support/programs I can use:
Community Health Worker
Community Health-Care Providers
Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative Worker
Health Authority Staff (Dietitians, Chronic Disease Education
Program Nurses, Exercise Programs)
Who else may be able to help in your community or health region?
Being active is a great way to help manage your body weight and can also be good for your mental and emotional health. What are some of the ways you already stay active? Are there more activities you want to do?
Go Hunting or Fishing
Play with Kids/Grandkids/Friends
All types of activity help!
Try to balance your meals by following the Plate Method: Your plate should be: ½ vegetables, ¼ breads/grains, ¼ meat.
Use Little or No Salt When Cooking
Eat Vegetables Every Meal
Drink Water Instead of Other Drinks
Cook at Home
Eat Together (Family Meals)
Eat Traditional Foods
Read Food Labels to Look for Lower Fat, Sugar and Salt Foods
What other ways can you eat healthier?
Keep some healthy snacks around the house!
- Try fresh, frozen or canned fruit (packed in water) with no added sugar
- Cucumber slice or celery sticks
- Yogurt or cottage cheese
- Pop some plain popcorn
- Slice of toast with peanut butter
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