March month marked World Kidney Day.
Kidneys are important to our health and wellbeing as they remove wastes and extra unwanted water from our bodies. They also remove acid and maintain a healthy balance of water, salts, and minerals in our blood.
In addition, our kidneys make hormones that help control blood pressure, make red blood cells, and keep bones strong and healthy.
Risks of developing kidney diseases
Diabetes and high blood pressure place us at the highest risk of developing kidney disease including: – kidney injury, kidney cysts, kidney stones, and kidney infections.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
Chronic kidney disease means the kidneys are so damaged that they are no longer able to clean the blood the way they should.
Managing Kidney Disease
- Control your blood pressure
- Meet your blood glucose goal if you have diabetes
- Work with your health care team to monitor your kidney health
- Take medicines as prescribed
- Work with a dietitian to develop a meal plan
- Exercise regularly
- Control your weight
- Get enough sleep
- Stop smoking
- Find healthy ways to cope with stress and depression
Source: National Institute of diabetes & digestive and kidney diseases