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Kidney Health

Keeping Your Kidneys in Top Shape

 

The rising number of cases of kidney failure in the Philippines should alert everyone to actively pursue kidney health. Keeping your kidneys healthy also keeps your whole body healthy. Therefore, take charge of your kidney health and talk to a doctor to find out if you are at risk of kidney disease. Each individual is different and you may need to discuss with your doctor the steps that are right for you. If you are at risk for kidney disease, the most important steps you can take to keep your kidneys healthy are:

  • Get your blood and urine checked for kidney disease.
  • Manage your diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

 

Tips to help keep your kidneys healthy:

 

  • Only take medications that are prescribed by your doctor.
  • Be careful with over-the-counter medications, herbal concoctions and supplements that claim to promote, prevent or cure kidney disease.
  • If you have diabetes, control your blood glucose level through diet, medications and exercise.
  • Keep your blood pressure at the target set by your doctor. This can delay or prevent kidney failure.
  • Keep your cholesterol levels in the target range.
  • Take medicines on time and the way your doctor instructs you to.
  • Lower your salt intake. Aim for less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day. 
  • Choose foods that are healthy for your heart: fresh fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Be more physically active.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • If you smoke, take steps to quit. Cigarette smoking can make kidney damage worse.