Did you know:
- 30 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and millions of others are at increased risk.
- Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
- High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure.
- African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Seniors are at increased risk.
- Two simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine.
These facts are from the National Kidney Foundation, click here to find out more.
March is national kidney month and a good time to think about this organ that often gets little attention.
How to keep your kidneys healthy:
- Move! Regular exercise (30 minutes most days of the week) keeps your kidneys working smoothly.
- Hydrate. Keeping up your fluid intake helps your kidneys work more efficiently. How much should you drink? The best guide is your urine: it should be pale or clear.
- Lose weight if you are overweight. Excess body fat increases inflammation and creates extra work for the kidneys.
- Cut back on highly processed foods. Energy dense foods high in sodium, refined carbohydrates (like sugar) and saturated fats make all of our organs work harder. Your kidney filtration system has to clear more junk out of the blood when you eat these foods.
- Relax. Stress and anxiety create another burden for the kidneys as blood pressure increases along with inflammation. Check out the stress management program at The San Francisco Free Clinic for tips and techniques to trigger your relaxation response.