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Kidney Disease: How to Protect Yourself

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:30 AM

Kidneys are among the most important organs of our body. They filter the blood and regulate blood pressure. They remove wastes, control the body's fluid balance, and regulate electrolytes. As they filter blood, urine is created. Each kidney has about a million microscopic blood filters. Up to 90 percent of their function can be lost without the patient experiencing any symptoms.
Kidney disease may not have any symptoms but simple tests can detect kidney disease. Kidney failure may even turn fatal. In most cases of kidney failure, high blood pressure and diabetes are the major reasons. They are the cause in 3 out of every 4 patients suffering from kidney failure. While kidney disease affects millions of people, many more are at the risk of developing kidney disease. Protect yourself using these simple and easy methods to prevent and treat kidney disease.
Regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle can prevent kidney disease and high blood pressure. Here are some other ways you can to protect yourself from kidney disease:
Avoid smoking as it can adversely affect the health of patients. It stops blood flow to the kidney, affects the blood pressure, and increases the risk of cancer by 50 percent.
Educate yourself about kidney and related diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. You can search various preventive methods and treatments that benefit your health.
Regular visits to the doctor can help diagnose and thus prevent kidney disease. This can also help in diagnosing high blood pressure and diabetes – both common causes associated with kidney failure.
Be consistent about intake of prescribed medication and keep track of the suggested diet changes.
Obesity may also be a reason for high blood pressure and kidney disease. Keep track of extra weight. Remaining fit and healthy reduces the risk of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.
Drinking plenty of water is a wonderful way to prevent kidney failure and control your blood pressure.

Avoiding processed foods and reducing the intake of salt protect you from diseases. Instead, eat fresh food.
Avoid non-prescription painkillers, drugs, analgesics, or antibiotics that may cause adverse effects.
Exercise is a good method for controlling weight and reducing the risk of kidney disease. It helps in maintaining healthy body weight and reducing high blood pressure.

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The kidneys are vital organs. Kidney disease can be hard to identify and kidney failure can be debilitating. Therefore, protecting yourself against kidney disease is important. We identify common culprits such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
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