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Ask the Experts About Kidney Health and HIV

We Asked a Kidney Specialist (a Nephrologist), a Pharmacist and a Naturopath to Share Their Tips and Insights on How People With HIV Can Be Kind to Their Kidneys

Winter 2012

Nephrologist, HIV Renal Disease Clinic
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto

The prevention and treatment of kidney disease go hand in hand. A healthy lifestyle is essential for both. That means regular exercise, eating a well-balanced diet according to Canada's Food Guide, and cutting back on alcohol, tobacco and street drugs. People with HIV should also see their physicians and get screened regularly for kidney disease.

Kidney disease appears to be more common among people living with HIV than in the general population. Many of my patients have kidney disease that is not related to their HIV infection but rather to traditional risk factors -- such as diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and smoking -- which are all more common among people with HIV. To manage kidney disease, one should manage the risk factors as much as possible. This includes controlling HIV with antiretroviral therapy.

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