Kidney function can be compromised when your bladder does not function normally. People who have to self-cath to empty their bladder experience chronic urinary tract infections which can easily infect the kidney. Lifestyle changes including diet and exercise to maintain your best health are often recommended but what does it entail? Pain medications, diuretics, salt, herbal supplements and high blood pressure that cause additional strain on the kidneys must be reduced or avoided when kidney function is compromised. Ask your doctor if you can monitor your kidney function annually and avoid or at least delay the onset of chronic kidney disease/end-stage kidney failure.