Taking care of your kidneys
Your kidneys have an important job – they filter all the blood in your body every 30 minutes. So, preventing chronic kidney disease and its complications, like heart disease and stroke, is a necessary goal. To keep your kidneys healthy, focus on the risk factors you can control:
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Get active. Physical activity helps control blood sugar levels.
- Quit smoking.
- Getting a checkup? Make sure to get your kidneys checked too.
- Take medications as directed.
- Keep your blood pressure below 140/90, or ask your doctor what the best blood pressure target is for you.
- If you have diabetes, stay in your target blood sugar range as much as possible.
- Stay in your target cholesterol range.
- Eat foods lower in salt.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Need help managing your chronic kidney disease? Contact the Marshall Kidney & Hypertension Center at 304-526-2532 or your primary care provider.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 05, 2022