To Your Kidney — 10 Friendly Tips

Photo Credit: BruceBlaus/Wikipedia
Photo Credit: BruceBlaus/Wikipedia

The kidneys are a pair of organs located in the back of the abdomen. Each kidney is about 4 or 5 inches long — about the size of a fist.

It plays a very vital role as all the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day.

Therefore, one cannot afford to ignore the health of one’s kidneys as to do so would be like playing Russian roulette.

Now, here are ten tips to watch over one’s kidneys:

  1. Keep your blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg (or the target your doctor establishes for you).
  2. If you have diabetes, stay in your target blood sugar range as much as possible.
  3. Get active—physical activity helps control blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  4. Lose weight if you’re overweight.
  5. Get tested for CKD regularly if you’re at risk.
  6. If you have CKD, meet with a dietitian to create a kidney-healthy eating plan. The plan may need to change as you get older or if your health status changes.
  7. Take medications as instructed, and ask your doctor about blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors and ARBs, which may protect your kidneys in addition to lowering blood pressure.
  8. If you smoke, quit. Smoking can worsen kidney disease and interfere with medication that lowers blood pressure.
  9. Include a kidney doctor (nephrologist) on your health care team.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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