Do you know?

“Once kidney disease reaches a stage where symptoms start to manifest, it becomes very challenging to manage the aggressively devasting kidney disease.”

Many people don’t take kidneys’ health as seriously as they look after their heart and brain. The reason – the silent, slow, and progressive kidney disease doesn’t bother many until it manifests into a serious health issue.

Why do many people remain unaware of their kidneys’ health?

Kidney disease progresses silently and doesn’t bother many in the initial stages. In a majority of the cases, symptoms appear quite late.

In addition, many people remain unaware that kidney disease can impact their overall health and well-being. They don’t realize that a silent kidney disease can lead to anemia, heart disease, and weak bones, and muscles.

Why knowing the risk factors is important?

Many things can increase the risk of developing kidney disease – such as high blood pressure, diabetes, excess salt intake, chronic stress, obesity, and so on. Ironically many of us don’t have any clue about the risk factors of kidney disease.

Learn more about the risk factors of kidney disease – and take necessary steps and measures to mitigate your risk.

But now the question is what best can be done to prevent kidney disease and ensure optimal kidney health.

Ways to keep your kidneys healthy

You can take the following simple steps to keep your kidneys healthy

  • Keep an eye on your blood sugar levels
  • Get screened for diabetes
  • Keep your blood pressure under control
  • Know your family history of kidney disease
  • Keep yourself active and fit (regular simple exercises and activities such as walking, cycling, swimming, running and dancing can help)
  • Drink plenty of fluids (stay hydrated)
  • Monitor cholesterol levels
  • Monitor your weight and eat a balanced diet
  • If you suffer from chronic pain, headaches, or arthritis – don’t take painkillers without consulting your doctor
  • If you have diabetes or high blood pressure then get screened for kidney disease and kidney function test
  • Avoid excessive usage of caffeine-rich beverages
  • Stop smoking if you smoke
  • Excess protein intake for building muscles and strenuous exercise, can damage your kidneys – talk to an expert before taking any supplements.
  • Have annual body check-ups

Bottom Line

Your kidneys are vital not only in removing wastes but also for performing different functions in your body. Take care of your kidneys by implementing these simple ways to keep your kidneys healthy. It should be your top priority. Don’t let any chronic health condition take a toll on your kidneys – meet a nephrologist to evaluate your kidneys’ health if you have diabetes and high blood pressure. Remember! Preventive measures, early intervention, and effective treatment can help prevent the onset of chronic kidney disease.

Next steps – learn more about kidney disease! Visit Bright Kidney Center’s website and explore all resources available on the site.