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Registered Dietitian Melodie Yong talks about sodium and how it can impact your kidneys. Produced for the Province of BC by Global TV BC. Original airdate August, 1 2011.
Melodie Yong, registered dietitian: "We've been talking about sodium and its affect on the heart. What many people don't realize is that your sodium intake can also greatly affect your kidney function."
Dr. Monica Beaulieu: "Excess sodium causes your body to hold onto more water. This could lead to high blood pressure and to swelling. Over time, this can put a strain on the kidneys, sometimes leading to kidney damage and even kidney failure."
Melodie: "And if your kidneys are failing this can lead to dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant."
Dr. Beaulieu: "Dialysis helps take over the function of the failed kidney if someone does go into kidney failure. It doesn't replace all the kidney function but it helps by taking care of some of the wastes and removing some of the fluid that the kidneys normally would do. Sodium's not the only cause of kidney failure but excess sodium is definitely a factor."
Melodie: "Reducing sodium is just one way to ensure your kidneys are able to do their job. You can learn more about sodium's affect on your kidneys and resources on how to reduce your sodium intake at HealthyFamiliesBC.ca "
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