Kidney health is vital for a healthy, long life, yet not much emphasis is put on protecting the kidneys. These organs filter the blood, removing waste and regulating the composition of the blood. They also help manage blood pressure, red blood cells and bone strength through the hormones they produce. Vascular and heart health are integral to kidney health; if you have an issue in one area, you are likely to have problems in another. Thus, keeping your kidneys healthy is important for overall wellbeing. Here are some tips to keep your kidneys healthy.
- Stop smoking. One of the most important ways to protect your kidneys (and your heart and lungs) is to stop smoking. Smoking is a high-risk factor for kidney disease and failure.
- Eat a healthy diet. A well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is important for kidney health. Raw or fresh foods are best, with less chemicals and preservatives that the kidneys need to filter out of the system.
- Monitor blood pressure. High blood pressure is a contributing factor to kidney disease and failure. Monitor your blood pressure to ensure it stays within normal ranges and seek treatment for high levels.
- Exercise. Regular exercise can help improve circulation, but it also helps you regulate your weight, blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels that can all impact your kidney health.
- Reduce sodium intake. High intake of sodium can damage the kidneys and result in high blood pressure and vascular problems.
If you are concerned about your kidney health, seeing a vascular surgeon that specializes in renal or kidney disease can advise you on options for disease prevention.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Benvenisty, MD
1090 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025