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Tips for healthy kidneys

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The kidneys are important organs that affect many other body parts, including the heart. Follow these tips to keep them working efficiently:

Avoid extra salt

Eating a lot of salty foods can disrupt the balance of minerals in the blood. This can make it harder for the kidneys to work properly. Try swapping out processed foods — which usually have a lot of added salt — for whole foods, such as:

  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • lean cuts of meat
  • nuts

Exercise

High blood pressure is a known risk factor for chronic kidney disease. Regular exercise, even for just 20 minutes a day, can help reduce blood pressure.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water helps the kidneys perform one of their most important functions: removing toxins. Learn more about how much water you should really be drinking every day.

Use medications with caution

Regularly taking certain over-the-counter medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can cause kidney damage over time. Occasionally taking them is fine, but work with your doctor to find alternatives if you have a condition that requires managing pain, such as arthritis.

Know the risk factors

Several things can increase your risk of developing a kidney condition. Make sure you regularly have your kidney function tested if you:

  • have diabetes
  • are obese
  • have high blood pressure
  • have a family history of kidney disease

 

The Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

  • 37 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
  • Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
  • Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
  • Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
  • Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means CKD is present.
  • High-risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure.
  • African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Seniors are at increased risk.
  • Two simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine

How Can  Home Care Help?

·       Caregivers prepare nutritious meals and snacks.

·       Medication reminders

·       Meal Time Reminders

·       Report Changes in well-being

·       Water Intake Reminders

·       Accompany to MD Appointments

 

RESOURCES and Information for this post:

Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale provides in-home care services for seniors in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas in Phoenix. If you or a loved-one want to learn more, call us at 480-284-7360. https://goldenheartscottsdale.com/

 

Medline: https://www.healthline.com/health/human-body-maps/kidney

National Kidney Foundation: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/about-chronic-kidney-disease#facts