8 Golden rules to reduce risk of kidney diseases

Waking up to a glass (or two) of water is probably the easiest and the best thing you can do for your kidneys. Drinking adequate amount of water flushes out waste from the body and also helps lower the chances of kidney stones and infections. In addition, share a glass of water with a friend or a stranger and take care of their kidneys too.

Simple things you should know about your kidneys

What are the functions of the Kidney? 

  • Remove waste and extra fluid from your blood
  • Control your body’s chemical balance
  • Help control your blood pressure
  • Help keep your bones healthy
  • Help you make red blood cells

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years

Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease

  • About 1 in 10 people have some degree of CKD
  • It can affect people of all ages
  • The older you get the more likely you are to have
  • some degree of kidney disease.

Detection and prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Most people show no symptoms until CKD is advanced.
  • You can lose up to 90% of your kidney function before experiencing any symptoms.
  • Regardless of your age, simple and low cost treatments can slow the progression
  • of kidney disease, prevent complications and improve quality of life.

8 Golden rules to Reduce risk of kidney diseases

  1. Keep fit and active
  2. Keep regular control of your blood sugar level
  3. Monitor your blood pressure
  4. Eat healthy, reduce your salt intake and keep your weight in check
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Do not smoke
  7. Do not unnecessarily take over-the-counter pills
  8. Get your kidney function checked if you have one or more of theses ‘high risk’ factors:
    - Diabetes
    - Hypertension
    - Obesity
    - Family history of kidney disease

 

Tags: Kidney , Nephrology , Water consumption , Kidney diseases

 

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