March is National Kidney Month in the U.S. which means its time to get talking about how our kidneys help us, how they can fail us, how we can fail them and all the ways we can help others in our community who are suffering from kidney conditions to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Here are some ways your kidneys help you:
- They filter waste from your blood
- They activate vitamin D which is important to maintain healthy bones
- Your kidneys help to regulate your blood pressure
- Each of your kidneys helps to regulate your fluid levels
If you have Kidney disease, here are some problems you could have:
- High blood pressure – this could lead to a stroke if left untreated
- Weakened Bones
- Considerable nerve damage
- You could become anemic
- A heart attack or cardiovascular disease may also be in your future
What are some of the Risk Factors?
- Genetics play a huge role in determining whether or not you’ll have problem kidneys
- If you’re over the age of 60, your risk of developing kidney disease is much higher
- A family history of kidney disease
What are some of the most common symptoms of Kidney Disease?
- Blood in your urine
- Increased thirst
- Puffy eyes
- Noticeable swelling located in the face, the hands, the abdomen, and feet
Your kidneys are always hard at work making your life better for you and they deserve to be rewarded for their labor! One of the best ways to give back to your kidneys is by taking good care of them through a healthy diet and exercise. Employing stress-relieving techniques are another way to show gratitude to your kidneys. If you have a family history of kidney disease, be sure to see your doctor for regular exams to ensure that you’re in good health.
If you have kidney disease, it’s important that you take the necessary precautions for your wellness and safety while living with this condition. Be sure to take the medicine your doctor prescribes to you. Consider getting yourself safety equipment related to your condition including a medical ID bracelet that includes your condition, any allergies you have, the medicines you take and emergency contact information should you find yourself in an emergency situation where you’re not able to communicate for yourself.
Help to spread awareness by making others aware of National Kidney month and by donating your time and funds if you’re able to. The National Kidney Foundation is a wonderful organization aimed at helping people around the world to prevent, treat and bring awareness to kidney conditions.