Posted on Mar 03, 2015
Did you know that your kidneys are among the most important organs in the human body? They play such a vital role in our overall health and wellness that March has been designated as National Kidney Month to raise awareness about kidney health and early detection of kidney disease.
These two fist-sized organs are the ultimate multitaskers. Each day, they:
• Filter waste out of approx. 200 liters of blood
• Regulate the salt, potassium and acid content in your body
• Remove drugs from your body
• Balance your body’s fluid levels
• Release hormones that regulate your blood pressure
• Controls the production of red blood cells
• Produce an active form of vitamin D to promote strong, healthy bones
Have you thought about the health of your kidneys lately? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t – and won’t – until something goes noticeably wrong.
Statistically, 1 in 3 Americans are at risk for some form of kidney disease due to family history, diabetes, and/or high blood pressure. And more than 26 million are currently suffering from some form of kidney disease. Yet many people don’t know that their kidneys aren’t working properly because there really aren’t any noticeable symptoms until it’s too late.
Keep your kidneys in good working order by following these simple tips:
• Monitor your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol to keep them within safe levels
• Eat a diet low in fat, salt, sugar and protein
• Get regular exercise
• If you’re diabetic, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders and take the medication you are prescribed. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. By managing your diabetes, you can help your kidneys stay healthier longer.