Improve kidney health
Kidneys are vital organs involved in performing several important functions in the body.
Kidneys are vital organs involved in performing several important functions in the body. Almost a third of the adults in the United States are at risk of developing kidney diseases. People who are on long-term medications or suffering from conditions such as diabetes and hypertension have a higher risk of kidney diseases. Unfortunately, most people with kidney diseases develop noticeable symptoms very late. Thus, by the time they are diagnosed, a lot of irreversible damage would have already occurred, and they are left with two options: dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Kidneys perform various functions such as:
- Regulate proper salt–water balance in the body
- Filter various wastes and toxic products from the body
- Maintain adequate electrolyte (such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus) balance in the body
- Regulate optimum blood pressure
- Maintain healthy bones by activating vitamin D
- Maintain healthy levels of red blood cells in the body
Several conditions can put a person at risk of kidney diseases. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Heart diseases
- Family history of kidney diseases
- Long-term use of certain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs (painkillers)
- Autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple myeloma
- Kidney stones
- Chronic (long-term) urinary tract infections
- Old age
It is important to look after the kidneys and get regular check-ups done, particularly if you are at risk of kidney diseases.
The risk of developing kidney diseases may vary from person to person. There are certain nonmodifiable factors such as age and genetics or family history of kidney diseases that may put you at risk. You can, however, manage the modifiable factors such as a healthy diet and lifestyle to protect yourself from the risk of developing kidney diseases.
Below are nine tips through which you can improve your kidney health:
Medically Reviewed on 11/13/2020