National Kidney Month
March is National Kidney Month and March 9th is World Kidney Day. This is a time when we focus on raising awareness of kidney health and educating you about the vital role our kidneys play in keeping our bodies functioning correctly. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste and excess fluids from our blood, regulating our blood pressure, and producing essential hormones that keep our bodies in balance. Many people suffer from kidney disease without realizing it, which is why National Kidney Month is such an important observance.
- National Kidney Month 2023 | NIDDK
- Kidney disease is often referred to as a "silent disease".
- As many as 90% of Americans who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) don't know they have the disease until it is very advanced.
What are six ways kidneys keep us healthy?
- Regulate fluid levels.
- Activate Vitamin D for healthy bones.
- Directs production of red blood cells.
- Regulates production of red blood cells.
- Regulates blood pressure.
- Keep blood minerals in balance.
What are eight problems kidney disease can cause?
- Nerve Damage.
- Cardiovascular Disease.
- Weak Bones.
- Heart Attack.
- High Blood Pressure.
- Kidney Failure.
- Anemia, and low red blood cell count.
What are four risk factors for kidney disease?
- Family History.
- High Blood Pressure.
- If age 60+.
What are six symptoms of kidney disease?
- Swelling: face, hands, abdomen, ankles, feet.
- Blood in urine/foamy urine.
- Puffy eyes.
- Difficult, painful urination.
- Increased thirst.
How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy:
Here are essential tips to safeguard your kidneys, manage conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Ask your primary healthcare provider about kidney health during check-ups since early detection is key. If you suspect a UTI, seek medical attention promptly to prevent kidney damage.
- Make healthy food choices.
- Reduce sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams per day.
- Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
- Aim for a healthy weight.
- Explore a stress-reducing program including yoga or meditation.
- Stop smoking.
- Limit alcohol.
- Monitor your blood pressure and blood sugar levels regularly.
In conclusion, National Kidney Month is an important opportunity to raise awareness about kidney health and the risk factors that can lead to kidney disease. By following these essential tips, you can protect your kidneys and maintain optimal kidney function. Remember, early detection and prevention are key to maintaining healthy kidneys and preventing kidney disease.