Kidneys maintain the regular excretion of wastes and toxins in the body. These two bean-shaped organs’ work should not be abused, because once your kidneys start failing, lifetime medication and ventral replacement therapy is the only solution.

The symptoms of Chronic kidney disease (CKD) often remain undetected until it has reached its advanced stage. Prevention is much better than trying to find a cure later on. Be sure to take note of these tips to prevent CKD:

Control blood pressure and blood sugar levels

High blood pressure and diabetes are the major risk factors in kidney disease. These diseases are both harmful to blood vessels, and our kidneys are filled with these!  Once your blood pressure and sugar levels are elevated, there’s a risk of kidney damage and its ability to function reduces.

Urine test

One of the simplest yet effective ways to track down kidney damage is through a urine test. It can detect the presence of protein in the urine, which is not normal. Kidneys have filters which block protein from passing through. Abnormal level of protein in urine could mean your kidneys are less healthy already.

Maintain a healthy weight

Cutting off excess fats in your body is good for your kidneys. The more overweight you are, the more your kidneys need to work harder in filtering toxins in your body. Daily exercise routines and healthier food choices could help maintain a healthy weight.

Quit Smoking

Smoking causes blood vessels to constrict, narrow, and lose elasticity. This means less oxygen is reaching your cells. To compensate, your heart will start pumping harder. These changes may eventually lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. The kidneys, which is rich in blood vessels, can be directly and indirectly affected by it. This is why heart disease, and high blood pressure are two conditions that a CKD patient often suffers from. Smoking can worsen an existing kidney disease and lead to more complications, or worse, even death.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated prevents you from having kidney stones, urinary tract infection, and may help your kidneys fight off kidney disease. Consuming an adequate amount of water (greated than or equal to 2L) helps your kidneys to perform properly in removing waste products and excess fluid that could build up inside your body.    

Limit Self-Medication

Some medications may be directly/indirectly harmful to your kidneys. One of them are frequent use of over-the-counter pain medications. It’s best to consult your doctor on the medications and its proper use/duration.

It is never too late to care for your body through proper medication and switching into a healthier lifestyle. Stay aware and alert for any symptoms or suspicious conditions–this might help keep your kidneys from failing. ManilaMed’s Hemodialysis Unit can help you assess the state of your kidneys’ health and help you manage serious illness. Call 5238131-65 to schedule your consultation.