Smart Tips for a Healthy Kidney in Honor of National Kidney Month
March is National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness and help people focus on ways to “build a better kidney,” according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The organization is dedicated to “changing the way we understand, treat and prevent kidney diseases,” and Fellowship Square is sharing smart tips on how to maintain healthy kidneys!
Kidney disease occurs when the kidneys are damaged and can no longer properly filter the blood the way they are supposed to. Those with diabetes or high blood pressure are at greater risk for kidney disease. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, the most common cause of kidney disease is diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. The organization notes that heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, age, smoking, abnormal kidney structure and frequent use of medications that can damage the kidneys are also risk factors that can cause them to become damaged and or to fail.
In fact, one of the preventative tips Mayo Clinic offers is to follow instructions on the package when taking over-the-counter medications such as non-prescription pain relievers aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen). It’s also important for people to maintain a healthy weight in the name of preventing kidney complications. Those that smoke should certainly consider quitting (for the sake of the kidneys and the improvement of one’s healthy overall) and it’s also important to manage any other medical conditions with a physician’s help.
“If you have diseases or conditions that increase your risk of kidney disease, work with your doctor to control them,” according to the site. “Ask your doctor about tests to look for signs of kidney damage.
The NIDDK also encourages people to include physical activity as part of their lifestyle. “Be active for 30 minutes or more on most days,” the organization advises, stating “Physical activity can help you reduce stress, manage your weight and achieve your blood pressure and blood glucose goals.” Seniors that are inactive should talk to their doctor about how to start a safe fitness routine that is right for them.
The NIDDK also advises people to find healthy ways to manage stress, as “long-term stress can raise your blood pressure and your blood glucose and lead to depression.” It’s also important to get enough sleep — generally seven to eight hours a night.
Fellowship Square encourages seniors to maintain healthy kidneys in honor of National Kidney Month. For those with kidney issues or concerns, it’s essential to speak with a trusted physician and put together a plan of action to treat or prevent kidney disease.