Protect Your Kidneys

World Kidney Day

Each year, early March brings us World Kidney Day. It's a good time to check out the warning signs of kidney disease and check in with yourself to see if you are practicing healthy kidney habits.

According to the CDC, people can lose almost 90 percent of their kidney function before they notice any symptoms of kidney disease. Know your risks.

  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Do you suffer from diabetes?
  • Do you have a family history of kidney disease?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you over 50 years old?
  • Are you of African, Hispanic, Aboriginal or Asian origin?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you should ask your doctor about kidney disease. By doing so, you can help delay or prevent kidney failure. Healthy habits may also help reduce your risk of developing kidney disease.

Eat wisely. Choose fresh fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Just as important is limiting foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Get Physical. Be active for 30 minutes or more on most days.

Know your weight.  If you have a few pounds to shed, your primary care provider can work with you to create a realistic weight-loss plan.

Rest up! Adults should aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and children need between 9 and 14 hours.

Quit smoking, if you smoke.

Find a doctor

To find a doctor who can help you get screened, call us at 800-777-7775.