The kidney’s filters remove harmful waste and excess fluids from the blood to be removed through the urine. Without that process, the body couldn’t maintain a stable chemical balance. The kidneys are instrumental in the body’s overall health. Illnesses that damage the kidneys are seldomly noticed until the later stages. Reducing risk and managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) are the main awareness focus areas of National Kidney Month.
Why National Kidney Month is Important
Over 26 million people have kidney disease, but most don’t know it. Sadly, kidney impairment can occur without any physical symptoms to signal something is wrong. Knowing if you’re at risk helps you proactively make changes to keep your kidneys healthy. National Kidney Month creates awareness about kidney disease symptoms, the issues they can cause, and their risk factors.
The 2021 theme for National Kidney Month is Take 5 for Your Kidneys. These steps make protecting your kidneys simple through small changes like reducing NSAID usage and cutting processed foods. Find out how you can get involved in one of the many events taking place this month here.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease occurs when lasting kidney damage progressively gets worse over time. It has 5 stages and can lead to kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease. CKD patients can manage their condition, slow its progression, and reduce complications risk by:
- Staying connected with your doctor will help you maintain your kidney health.
- Manage blood pressure and monitor blood sugar levels.
- Reducing or avoiding your intake of NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Always take prescriptions as directed.
- Aim for a healthy weight.
- Learning to manage stress and make physical activity part of your routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes each day.
- Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
- If you are a smoker, take steps to quit smoking.
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