Fact is, the kidneys, like any other organ, become less efficient as we age. So it makes sense to ensure that we don’t overwork them, make them weak and invite kidney disease.
Can we prevent kidney disease?
All things considered, we can certainly do our best to prevent kidney disease. Here are some tips:
- If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or are at risk for hypertension and heart disease, kidney disease is likely. By keeping your blood sugar levels balanced, your cholesterol in check and your blood pressure controlled, you can prevent kidney disease. Take action:
Maintain a healthy diet
Don’t forget to take your medication on time
- Cut down on your salt intake.
- Excess salt in the diet raises your blood pressure while putting you at risk for kidney stones.
- Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush toxins from the body. It also maintains your blood health, aids in digestion and balances your body temperature. Target for about one to one and a half liters of water daily.
- When you have to go answer nature’s call, go! Don’t hold back when you need to pee. If you do, you prevent your kidneys from doing their job and inviting trouble in the form of stored waste that ought to go out. So give in to the urge to keep your kidneys functioning smoothly.
- Diet control. We are what we eat. We take out what we put in. So if we eat junk, our body suffers and we make it hard for the kidneys. An unhealthy diet is the best way to damage the kidneys. Eating healthy can prevent kidney disease.
- Quit smoking and cut down on alcohol. Smoking is known to harm your lungs and reduce kidney function, besides impacting your heart health.
- Exercise. Maintain a healthy weight. If there is one thing that can keep you healthy, it is managing your weight. Ensuring you get enough physical activity not only burns calories, but keeps the extra weight off, balances blood sugar and keeps cholesterol levels in check.
- Think twice before you pop a pill without a prescription. Everything we consume has to be processed by the kidneys and taking medication based on hearsay can be harmful. If you have a health problem, consult your doctor for professional advice. This includes “safe” herbal medicines and health supplements. Little knowledge is dangerous.
Kidney disease can develop silently without obvious symptoms. Prevent kidney disease. Live healthy. Go for regular health checks so that any problem can be identified early and treated.
How to recognize the warning signs of kidney disease? Conditions like diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure, an unhealthy lifestyle, processed foods dominating the diet and excessive sugar consumption are precursors to kidney damage.
Watch out for the following:
- An unusual change in the frequency and amount of urination, changes in the color of your urine and difficulty going.
- Pain when you urinate
- Blood in your urine
- Swelling in the hands, feet, face and ankles when the kidneys are unable to flush out the fluids
- Continued exhaustion and weakness
- Dizziness and inability to focus
- Fever with chills
- Skin rash with itchiness
- Bad breath, with a metallic taste in the mouth
- Nausea and vomiting
- Back pain
While the above symptoms can belong to different conditions, it is best to get medical help when they show up. Prevent kidney disease by looking after your health.