National Kidney Month is celebrated each March and was established by the National Kidney Foundation to spread awareness about chronic kidney disease and the importance getting tested.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic kidney disease is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged or cannot filter blood as well as healthy kidneys. Because of this, excess fluid and waste products from the blood remain in the body and may cause other health problems. Currently, there are 30 million people or 15% of adults in the United States living with chronic kidney disease.
Risk factors for developing this disease include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
- Family history of chronic kidney disease
Currently, there is no cure for kidney disease, but it can be treated, and many cases of kidney disease are preventable. Diabetes and high blood pressure cause nearly three-fourths of all cases of kidney failure. Keeping those conditions under control can help you prevent kidney disease. Through a simple blood and urine test, your doctor can detect the disease.
Be a champion during National Kidney Month! Help Memorial Healthcare in promoting the following ways to protect your kidneys from chronic kidney disease.
- See your doctor – Have a check-up once a year
- Don’t smoke – If you smoke, quit now
- Healthy diet – Eat a healthy diet low in salt, fat, and limit alcohol
- Exercise – Get at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, 3-5 day a week
Help your kidneys lead a long and healthy life, by contacting your health provider today to make an appointment for a screening. If you are in need of a physician, please click here to find a listing of Memorial Healthcare Primary Care Providers.