One in 3 U.S. adults is at risk for kidney disease, but most don’t even know it. Since March is National Kidney Month, it’s the perfect time to take charge of your health to lower your chances of developing kidney disease. Your kidneys filter your blood to remove waste and extra water to create urine. They also make vital hormones that produce red blood cells, promote bone health and regulate blood pressure.
The kidneys play a vital role in your body. Since they work hard for you, taking good care of them is essential. Consider the following tips:
- Get screened regularly for kidney damage or disease.
- Reduce over-the-counter drug usage, specifically ibuprofen.
- Exercise regularly to lower blood pressure and boost heart health.
- Eat a healthy diet and monitor your weight.
- Drink plenty of fluids to flush sodium and toxins from your kidneys.
Since most won’t have symptoms unless their kidneys fail, it’s crucial to know the risk factors. Check out the infographic below to learn about risk factors, and contact your doctor for more information about kidney health.