Gut Bacteria, Obesity And Sodium Effect CKD Patient Health

Gut bacteria, obesity and sodium effect CKD patient health

Sodium reduction could have a significant impact on the heart health of chronic kidney (CKD) disease patients, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Too much sodium causes the body to retain water. Evidence shows that high-salt diets lead to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association explains why, and how, you should reduce your sodium intake.

Looking for ideas on sodium free & sodium reduced recipes? We highly encourage you to visit Sodium Girl, the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation’s Food Coach.

Obesity is a rising global issue and is increasing the risk for CKD and progression to ESRD. Because obesity and its associated complications are largely avoidable, providers and nephrologists should be aware of the health implications of obese patients. The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology dives deep into the overall impact of obesity on kidney disease and kidney transplants, but indicate that more research into this area is needed.

Gut bacteria could play an important role in the health of chronic kidney disease patients. The new evidence suggests that gut microbiota may be a significant factor in patients with kidney disease.

A screening program launched in Canada has successfully shown the ability to identify those at risk for CKD. The screenings allowed for the implementation of a program, in order to slow down the progression of the disease. This screening program is similar to a program led by the National Kidney Foundation.

A nursing shortage is looming, according to researchers at the University of Georgetown. But, other reports such as the 2014 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services, conflict with the findings and indicates an influx of nursing graduates. Diseases, especially chronic diseases, will continue to have a significant impact on the supply and demand of nurses.

A growth in disease burden attributable to changing patient demographics contributes to an increased demand of 584,000 RNs, and expanded insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act accounts for a demand of an additional 28,000 RNs.
The Future of the Nursing Workforce: National- and State-Level Projections, 2012-2025
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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