Mar 9, 2021

Take These Steps for Your Kidneys

By Brooke Marshall | Healthy Living.

March is National Kidney Month. Your kidneys are vital to the way your body functions, and they effect things like blood cell production and blood pressure. Kidney disease can be sneaky – many people experience no symptoms. Because of this, it is extra important for everyone to take control of protecting their kidney health.
1 out of 9 people live with kidney disease, and 1 and 3 people are at a high risk for developing kidney disease. The good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent kidney disease, and if it is detected early, it can be treated before it causes major problems. Below are a few simple steps you can take to keep your kidneys healthy.

1. Eat a Kidney-Healthy Diet

Foods that are high in sodium and processed foods have been linked to kidney disease, as well as other health problems. Try to stick to fresh, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, and legumes. Your kidneys will benefit, as will your overall health.

2. Maintain an Exercise Routine

Simply exercising for 30 minutes a day can ensure that your blood pressure and blood sugar stay at healthy levels, which are important to kidney health. Set aside time each day to be active, and stick to that routine.

3. Avoid using NSAIDS

Also known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDS can gradually harm your kidneys. Always adhere to the recommended dosage. 
 

4. Know if You’re High-Risk

People who have Diabetes and high blood pressure are at high risk for developing kidney disease. Talk to your doctor about how to control your blood pressure and diabetes to slow the progression of kidney disease. Also inform your doctor if you have a family history of kidney disease.

5. Get Tested

Whether or not you are at a high-risk for developing kidney disease, it is important to get tested for kidney disease. This is especially important for those over 60 years of age, those with a family history of kidney disease, and those with diabetes or high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor about a yearly test to ensure that your kidneys are in good shape.
 
This National Kidney Health Month, take the opportunity to learn more about kidney health. Talk to your doctor about whether you are at a high risk for developing kidney disease, and discuss the ways you keep your kidney health under control.

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