Kindness To Your Kidneys
Did you know that early kidney disease does not always have symptoms? This is why getting tested may be something to consider mentioning to your health care provider during your next visit. Your healthcare provider will help determine how often to get tested. Being proactive about the health of your kidneys, and your health in general, becomes more important as time goes on. Years of bad habits, busy schedules, and the stress of daily life have lead to health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. Working to prevent and/or manage health conditions that can cause kidney damage can be a great defense in protecting your kidneys.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) highlights four major health conditions that can contribute to the development of kidney disease (www.niddk.nih.gov). As a precaution, take extra care to protect your kidney health, and also let care providers know, if you have these health concerns.
9 Things You Can Do For Kidney Health
¨ Make Healthy Food Choices
¨ Make physical activity party of your routine
¨ Aim for a healthy weight
¨ Get enough sleep
¨ Stop Smoking
¨ Limit alcohol intake
¨ Explore stress reducing activities
¨ Manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease
¨ Ask your health care provider questions