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Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

Medical Advice for Healthy Kidneys  

National Kidney Month is dedicated to raising awareness about kidney health and the critical role our kidneys play in maintaining our overall well-being. With more than 37 million American adults living with kidney disease and many more at risk, understanding how to keep your kidneys healthy has never been more important. 

The Vital Role of Kidneys 

Your kidneys are powerful organs, each about the size of a fist, located just below your rib cage on either side of your spine. They perform several crucial functions, including filtering waste products, excess water, and other impurities from your blood. These wastes are then excreted through your urine. Kidneys also help regulate pH, salt, and potassium levels in your body and they produce hormones that manage blood pressure and control the production of red blood cells. 

Risk Factors for Kidney Disease 

It's essential to be aware of the risk factors associated with kidney disease. Early detection and management of these conditions are crucial in preventing the progression of kidney disease. These may include, but are not limited to:  

  • Diabetes 

  • High blood pressure 

  • Heart disease 

  • Smoking 

  • Obesity 

  • Family history of kidney failure 

Tips for Healthy Kidneys 

In recognition of National Kidney Month, we encourage you to take proactive steps toward maintaining healthy kidneys. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: 

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps your kidneys clear sodium, urea, and toxins from the body, significantly lowering the risk of chronic kidney disease. 

  • Eat Healthy Meals: A balanced diet low in sodium, processed meats, and other kidney-damaging foods can help reduce the risk of kidney damage. Focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. 

  • Monitor Blood Pressure and Sugar Levels: High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease. Managing these conditions can help protect your kidneys and keep you healthy. 

  • Regular Exercise: Staying active helps maintain a healthy blood pressure and reduces the risk of chronic kidney disease. 

  • Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol Use: Smoking can damage blood vessels, which decreases the flow of blood in the kidneys. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause a rise in blood pressure and add extra stress on your kidneys over time. If you do choose to drink, be sure to always do so in moderation. 

  • Regular Check-ups: Regular screenings for those at risk can help detect kidney disease early and manage it effectively. Yearly physicals can also help your healthcare provider determine if you’re at a greater risk. 

Henry County Hospital's Commitment 

We're committed to providing our community with the resources and care needed to maintain kidney health. Our team of healthcare professionals offers comprehensive services, from preventive education to advanced treatment options for those living with kidney disease. 

For more information on kidney health or to schedule a screening, contact us at (419) 592-4015. Let's work together toward a healthier future.