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Kidney Health: What You Need to Know

Kidney Health: What You Need to Know

National Kidney Month

As per the National Kidney Foundation, one-third of American adults are susceptible to kidney disease — often without realizing it.

National Kidney Month is observed in March each year and serves as a reminder to raise awareness about the significance of kidney health. Our kidneys play a critical role in keeping our body healthy, making it essential to keep up with kidney health.

This blog will look closely at what the kidneys do, how our habits affect their function, and additional information on kidney disease.

What Do the Kidneys Do?

Our kidneys are bean-shaped organs on either side of the spine, just below the ribcage. The size of each kidney is similar to that of a closed fist; each kidney contains millions of tiny filters called nephrons. These nephrons filter waste and excess fluid from the blood, which is then eliminated from the body as urine.

The kidneys also play a crucial role in regulating blood pressure by producing a hormone called renin, constricting blood vessels, and increasing blood pressure when necessary.

How Can Our Habits Affect Kidney Function?

Several lifestyle habits can affect kidney function, including:

Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is a condition that occurs when the kidneys are damaged and can no longer filter blood properly. A range of factors, including underlying medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, certain medications, and genetic predisposition, can cause kidney disease.

Symptoms of kidney disease may include fatigue, swelling in the legs or ankles, and changes in urination, such as an increase in frequency, and urine that is bloody, bubbly, or foamy. In the early stages, kidney disease may not cause any symptoms, so it's essential to get regular check-ups and blood tests to monitor kidney function.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Kidneys?

Taking care of your kidneys is essential for your overall health. While several lifestyle habits can affect kidney function, there are also steps you can take to protect your kidneys. Here are some of the things you can do:

By making these positive lifestyle changes, you can help reduce the risk of kidney disease and ensure your kidneys are functioning at their best.

Take Control of Your Kidney Health Today With SWG

National Kidney Month is an excellent time to focus on kidney health and take steps to protect our kidneys!

If you have concerns about your kidney health or would like to schedule a check-up, contact us at Southwest General Health Center. Our healthcare professionals are committed to providing high-quality care and support for all your health needs!