Kidney disease is a serious condition that affects millions of people in the United States and is often called a “silent disease” because it has few symptoms in the early stages. Early detection and management are key to slowing the progression of kidney disease and can prevent the need for dialysis or transplantation. National Kidney Awareness Month provides a platform to educate the public and encourage them to take care of their kidneys and to get tested if they are at risk.
National Kidney Awareness Month is an annual event that takes place in March to raise awareness about kidney disease and the importance of early detection, prevention, and treatment.
National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
Taking Care of Your Kidneys
Taking care of your kidneys is an important aspect of maintaining overall health and preventing kidney disease. Here are some steps you can take to take care of your kidneys…
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, and low in salt, sugar and processed foods can help maintain healthy blood pressure and lower the risk of diabetes, two major risk factors for kidney disease.
Drinking enough water can help flush out toxins and waste products from the kidneys and keep them functioning properly. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day.
Regular physical activity can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling or swimming, on most days of the week.
Smoking is a risk factor for kidney disease, as well as many other serious health conditions.
If you have risk factors for kidney disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease, talk to your doctor about getting tested. Early detection can help prevent or slow the progression of kidney disease.
Avoid Overuse of Over-the-Counter Pain Medications
Overuse of pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen can cause kidney damage over time. If you need to take pain medication, talk to your healthcare provider about the best options for you.
Enroll in a Health Insurance Plan
Enrolling in your employers health insurance plan will help you follow through with taking better care of yourself!
By following these steps described above, you can take care of your kidneys, and help reduce your risk of kidney disease and other health problems.
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