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    High Blood Pressure and renal failure

    Today my dad told me he has renal failure. He also told me that my paternal grandmother and paternal grandfather both died of renal failure.

    Apparently my grandma got dialysis and "it sucked life's essence from her, like it does to many people." This is according to my dad.

    As for my grandpa, when ol' sawbones told him he needed dialysis and meds for the rest of his life he was like: "I am not living hooked up to machines and on a bunch of pills!"

    Then not too terribly long after that decision he passed away. I don't know how passive or active his role was in his own death. But it seems like he may have cashed out of the casino early and deliberately.

    For the past year and a half or so I have been getting my blood pressure taken for my work check ups and all my doctor's visits. And I have got high blood pressure...

    So I am concerned. Anyone else dealing with this?
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    Cooperate with treatment for high blood pressure and your kidneys will be happy.

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    Take the drugs sooner rather than later. It’s the kidney damage that kills you. My grandmother lived past 100 with high blood pressure on meds. My father is 73. He has a lot of other issues, but he does the exercise and diet things and still adjusts his meds as needed. He figures he’s like an old car - you check the fluid levels more often and top up or replace as needed to keep it running.

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    Can't imagine it being much of a problem taking blood pressure meds (if it truly is high, they don't always treat just borderline high cases). I didn't know high blood pressure was a leading cause of kidney failure, the cases I've heard, well years of drug use will do it, so can uncontrolled diabetes.
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    High pressure can be and is often one of the first symptoms of kidney problems.,,,have it checked

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    Kidney transplants are available, but if you don't take care of yourself with dialysis and clean street drug tests you won't get to the top of the waiting list because they think you won't comply with post-transplant requirements like taking drugs to prevent your body from rejecting the transplant. So you either follow the medical system's rules or you die from it eventually.

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    Just take the meds. Start out low and only take what brings your BP to an acceptable level. I take just a smidgen of a Beta blocker and do fine. Any higher dose than that makes me really stupid.
    And just get a routine U/A and chemistry profile and they should show you how your kidneys are doing.
    What is your BP? Do you take it at home, with a reliable machine?

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    I began blood pressure meds at age 40 and after losing 15 pounds and exercising a lot I still needed meds. I transferred healthcare to Kaiser and their computer suggested to the doc for me to get a scan of my kidneys. I learned like my mother and her brothers that I have polycystic kidney disease which is hereditary. That explains high blood pressure. I do labs every six months and I am stable, but I take good care of kidneys and doc thinks it will never be an issue. I am 55 with kidney function 50% of expected. Normal for my age is 70%

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    Can BP be lowered to reasonable levels through diet alone? I want to try that.
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