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The kidneys are vital to your body’s ability to process and remove waste, and keeping them healthy is important for your body’s long term health as well. Complications in the kidneys can affect other organs or tissues, and in some severe cases, they can be fatal.
Protecting the kidneys and keeping them healthy is something you have a lot of control over. There are several elements of kidney health and disease prevention that are affected by your daily habits.
The first step? Learn about your kidneys and what keeps them healthy. A knowledge of the basic facts, risk factors and symptoms that accompany kidney disease will put you in a position to be more proactive with your kidney health.
People in any of the following groups or categories may be at a higher risk for kidney disease than others (the top four are the most influential factors—including a family history of these conditions):
If you belong to any risk groups, a big part of keeping kidneys healthy involves taking precautions and getting regular tests. There are four primary tests you should be considering regularly:
There are several diet elements that can relate directly to kidney health:
It’s also important to exercise regularly to keep kidneys healthy. Weight is a significant factor in kidney health, and exercise is one of the best ways to moderate it.
There are several basic habits and lifestyle choices that can influence your chances of kidney disease. A few of the most important include:
If you’re showing signs of kidney disease, or if you’re at higher risk and wondering about prevention methods, speak to your doctor about your options.
“Keep Your Kidneys Healthy.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-communication-programs/nkdep/learn/causes-kidney-disease/keep-kidneys-healthy/Pages/keep-kidneys-healthy.aspx
“Six-Step Guide to Protecting Kidney Health.” National Kidney Foundation. https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/sixstepshealthprimer
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.