This World Kidney Day 2022, let’s bridge the knowledge gap to better kidney care.
Your kidneys also age, demanding more attention and care as you age.
Do these seven things to keep your kidney healthy:
1. Begin and end your day with a glass of water.
Take 8 cups, approximately 2 litres per day, for a healthy person in a comfortable climate.
This needs to be adjusted when in severe climate conditions.
2. Keep fit, Be active.
Maintain an ideal body weight and reduce your blood pressure; These inherently reduce your risk of chronic kidney diseases.
3. Eat healthily.
Reduce your salt intake. (Recommended sodium intake = 5-6 grams of salt per day).
4. Check and control your kidney function regularly with blood and urine tests.
5. Don’t smoke!
Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys.
When less blood reaches the kidneys, it can decrease their ability to function normally.
6. Don’t take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory/pain-killer pills regularly, as they can harm the kidneys.
If you have kidney disease or decreased kidney function, taking just a few doses can harm your kidneys.
If in doubt, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
7. Your blood pressure matters. Pay keen attention to it.
Book a Duchess HealthCheck session for a range of screening and disease prevention services to preserve well-being and prevent the onset manifestations of any diseases. Get screened today for any kidney disease.