Did you know that the health of your kidneys affects how the rest of your body functions? The kidneys are crucial to maintaining the stability of your blood, which helps the body function properly. So, what are key reasons that you may need to check your kidneys?
- If you have high blood pressure, diabetes and/or heart disease. Chronic disease can have a detrimental affect on the kidneys, so regular blood and urine testing is in the best interest of someone diagnosed with the aforementioned conditions.
- If you have a family history of kidney disease and/or failure. This should be a no-brainer, but any person with a history of kidney failure in their family should have their kidneys checked regularly to ensure they are functioning properly.
There are a lot of preventative steps you can take to safeguard the health of your kidneys. Here are some of the most recommended steps:
- If regularly prescribed medication by your physician, take only the recommended amount prescribed.
- Minimize doses of NSAID’s (Aleve and Ibuprofen) prescriptions such as mobic
(Meloxicam or Codine).
- Reduce salt intake back on salt – consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day.
- Eat heart-healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Maintain regular physical activity.
- If you are overweight, take measures to lose excess weight.
- If you are a smoker, quit. Cigarette smoking can worsen existing kidney damage.
- If taking over-the-counter medications, do not take more than the recommended dosage.
- If consuming supplements and/or adhering to herbal remedies, use caution. Excessive amounts may be harmful to kidney function.
In short the basic rule of thumb to ensure kidney health is: the healthier your body, the better your kidneys will function.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Urinary and Kidney Team.