High blood pressure and Diabetes are not only deadly in their own right, but they can also lead to Kidney disease Renal failure is responsible for more deaths annually, than both breast and prostate cancer combined . Unfortunately most Americans are unaware of tests for kidney disease
March is National Kidney Month and March 13 is World Kidney Day, a time when there is more awareness of kidney disease Everyone should e concerned about their kidney health, even if they are not in a high risk group for the illness.
Statistics indicate that one in three American adults are at risk for kidney disease. Risk factors include family history of kidney failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, being over the age 60. Even if you aren’t at high risk for kidney disease, everyone can benefit from learning more about the kidneys and keeping them healthy.
Our kidneys filter 200 liters of blood each and every day Their job is to remove wastes, water and toxins, in order to keep blood minerals in balance. Our kidneys regulate fluid levels, regulate blood pressure, control the production of red blood cells They also activate vitamin D which helps our bones stay strong, and healthy
When the kidneys fail, an individual must go on dialysis or receive a kidney transplant, in order to survive. Because our bodies only need one kidney, the other may be donated. There are two ways to be tested for kidney damage.
The first is protein test Too much protein in the blood, means the kidneys filters are not working and protein is leaking into the urine. The second is a test for Creatine which is waste product, that is removed by the kidneys. Too much creatine means the kidneys are not properly filtering waste products.
By following healthy lifestyle practices, we may be able to prevent kidney disease Here are 8 ways in which you can keep your kidneys functioning properly
1.Quit smoking (Smokers are 60% more likely than non smokers to be diagnosed with kidney disease)
3 Keep blood pressure in acceptable ranges
4. Eat healthy foods
5. Maintain a healthy weight
6 Only take pain medication as prescribed on the label.
7. Avoid foods with lots off salt and sodium
8. Drink lots of water
For more information, check out the National Kidney Foundation website. There you will find the latest in medical news, as well as schedules of kidney walks and marathons to raise money for Kidney disease.