9 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Kidney Disease

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 07, 2015

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Kidneys are vital body organs which filter waste from the blood and help us to get rid of them through urine production. Whether you have to maintain the health of your kidneys or want to prevent future problems, a few things can help to keep your kidneys healthy.
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    Promote Kidney Health

    Kidneys are vital body organs. It is the kidneys that filter waste from the blood and help us get rid of them through urine production. Whether you have to maintain the health of your kidneys or want to prevent future problems, a few things can help to keep your kidneys healthy.

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    Eat Right

    A healthy diet is important for sustained energy and illness prevention. When you eat right, the amount of cholesterol in your blood and blood pressure remains at a healthy level. Incorporate plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. And, limit the amount of salt and avoid foods high in saturated fat.

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    Lower Cholesterol Level

    Studies have found that cholesterol slows the kidney function. To keep kidneys healthy, eat foods that are high in unsaturated fat to decrease your cholesterol level. Foods high in unsaturated fat are fish, nuts, seeds and sunflower oil.

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    Don’t Resist the Urge to Urinate

    Ignoring the urge to pee makes the urinary bladder stretch beyond its capacity. Moreover, extra amount of waste and water is stored in the urinary bladder which needs to be excreted. This affects the filtration process of the kidney.

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    Bring your Liquor Consumption Down

    Excessive amounts of alcohol can take a toll on your health, including the kidneys. It can escalate your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Abide by the recommended alcohol consumption limits. Men should not have more than two drinks a day and women should not drink more than one drink a day.

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    Stay Hydrated

    Drink lots of water every day. Water aids kidneys to remove all the toxins from the body. Moreover, it helps the body to maintain blood volume and concentration, which is one of the reasons behind kidney diseases.

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    Don’t Smoke

    Smoking ups the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), including heart attack or stroke. The CVDs can interfere with your kidney function. Stop smoking to improve your general health and reduce your risk of kidney conditions.

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    Exercise Regularly

    We all know how exercise can make a big difference to our health. The same is true for kidney health. Daily exercise can keep blood pressure within a healthy range and reduce your risk of developing CKD (chronic kidney disease).

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    Avoid Self-medication

    Painkillers can affect your kidneys; avoid self-medication. The improper use (such as taking too many) of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen can interfere with the kidney function. When you are taking painkillers, ensure that you follow the instructions.

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    Regular Testing

    If you’re at risk for kidney disease, it’s important to get your kidneys checked once a year. A urine test for albumin, a type of protein and a blood test for creatinine will reveal the state of your kidneys.

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