Our entire body consists of several vital organs that play a specific role in keeping us healthy. If one of these organs becomes inefficient or ineffective, we may find ourselves facing some or the other health issue.
One such organ is the KIDNEYS, and kidney diseases and disorders are more common than we think. The kidneys perform various functions in our body which include filtering blood from toxins, balancing electrolyte levels in the body, controlling blood pressure, and increasing the production of red blood cells.
However, World Kidney Day is celebrated on the 2nd Thursday in the month of March, which falls on the 12th of March, this year. It is observed as a global health awareness campaign to focus on the importance of kidneys and reducing the frequency of kidney diseases in patients worldwide.
Meanwhile, below are some preventive measures in reducing kidney diseases;
- Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms, so getting tested may be the only way to know your kidneys are healthy.
- If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, the best way to protect your kidneys from damage is to manage these conditions.
- Eat healthy meals, and cut back on salt and added sugars.
- Drink enough clean water.
- Make physical activity part of your routine and aim for a healthy weight.
- Drinking too much alcohol can increase your blood pressure and add extra calories, which can lead to weight gain.
If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to one drink per day if you are a woman and two drinks per day if you are a man.
- Limit over-the-counter pain medication.
- Stop smoking.