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9 Ways to Keep Your Kidneys Safe

Health surveys show that many developed countries are facing kidney problems along with other  health problems that may co-exist with it. In the United States, kidney diseases are growing to be a public health burden as it steadily increases in number, according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearing house (NKUDIC), with about one in every 10 adults having chronic kidney disease (CKD). Caring for one’s kidneys is not only the responsibility of health care providers, one needs to learn how to keep the kidneys healthy.

Heart disease, high blood pressure, race, diabetes, age, and a family of kidney problems are risks factors in developing kidney diseases. These tips on keeping the kidneys healthy may be used by men and women alike who are at high risk of developing kidney problems. The National Kidney Disease Education Program shares the following ways in keeping the kidneys healthy:

-      Make sure to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Kidneys act in regulating the body’s blood pressure. Age and gender may affect the blood pressure levels but it may be kept below 120/80. Health care providers may set achievable blood pressure levels through diet and medications.

-      Avoid too much salt. The retention of fluid in the body is often influenced by salt intake. For those who are at risk of kidney problems, this might become a problem as the kidney will have more fluids to filter.

-      Take medications only as advised and sparingly. Most medications directly affect the kidneys as they are excreted from the body through urine.

-      Exercise regularly. Having an active lifestyle not only keeps your kidneys healthy but also the rest of the body.

-      Keep your weight appropriate to your height. Overweight and obese individuals are at risk of developing kidney problems.

-      Limit drinking alcohol. Damage to the kidneys are often caused by too much alcohol in the body. People with drinking problems may not only have kidney diseases but also problems with their liver.

-      Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is good to our body.

-      Smoking can damage the kidneys.

-      Proper management of blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

It is easy to have healthy kidneys, health experts say, as long as the person knows what to do.


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