March 2020 – National Kidney Month

March 2020 – National Kidney Month

Kidney Facts:  One in three American adults are at high risk for developing kidney disease today.  High blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure and being over 60 are major risk factors for developing kidney disease. One in nine American adults have kidney disease…and most don’t know it!  Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.  Kidney disease risk can be reduced by controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding excessive use of pain medications.  The National Kidney Foundation is calling on all Americans to take five healthy steps for their kidneys.

Get Tested.  Ask your doctor for an ACR urine test or a GFR blood test annually if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, are over age 60 or have a family history of kidney failure.

Reduce NSAIDS.  Over the counter pain medicines such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can harm your kidneys.

Cut the Processed Foods. They can be a significant source of sodium, nitrates and phosphates and have been linked to cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.

Exercise Regularly.  Regular exercise will help keep your bones, muscles, blood vessels, heart and kidneys healthy.

Control Blood Pressure and Diabetes.  High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure.

To locate a KEEP Healthy screening near you, or to learn more about the kidneys and risk factors for kidney disease, visit www.kidney.org/KEEP Healthy.

   Nurse Barbara