FOR HEALTHY KIDNEY BE GUIDED BY THESE 8 GOLDEN RULES
- Keep fit and active – Keeping fit helps to reduce your blood pressure that reduces the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Keep regular control of your blood sugar level – About half of people who have diabetes develop kidney damage, so it is important for people with diabetes to have regular tests to check their kidney functions.
- Monitor your blood pressure – Although many people may be aware that high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack, few know that it is also the most common cause of kidney damage.
- Eat healthy and keep your weight in check – It helps in preventing diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Maintain a healthy fluid intake – Although clinical studies have not reached an agreement on the ideal quantity of water and other fluids we should consume daily to maintain good health, traditional wisdom has long suggested drinking 1.5 to 2 litres of water per day.
- Do not smoke – Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. When less blood reaches the kidneys, it impairs their ability to function properly. Smoking also increases the risk of kidney cancer by about 50 percent.
- Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis – Common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly. However, your family doctor’s consultation is highly recommended.
- Get your kidney function checked if you have one or more of the ‘high risk’ factors
- You have diabetes
- You have hypertension
- You are obese
- One of your parents or other family members suffers from kidney disease
- You are of African, Asian, or Aboriginal origin
World Kidney Day: http://www.worldkidneyday.org/