March is National Kidney Month. The kidneys are often overlooked but are a very important part of our well-being. The kidneys filter well over 100 quarts of blood daily. The kidneys also produce urine, which contains a lot of waste products and toxins. These important organs are also prone to developing various kinds of diseases. National Kidney Month promotes health and wellness for our kidneys and the importance of being screened for kidney diseases. Most people don’t know they have any issues until symptoms present – which can be too late. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States.
Take precautions by having your kidneys checked annually at your wellness visit. Physicians can check your blood pressure, creatinine levels in your blood, protein in your urine, and other diagnostic tests to ensure that your kidneys are working properly. Prevention of kidney diseases are easy: maintain a healthy diet, incorporate exercise into daily routines, monitor cholesterol levels, stay hydrated and drink lots of water, and get checked annually by a physician. The two main diseases that contribute to chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure – two diseases that often can be prevented. Keep kidney health in mind this month and encourage family and friends to take action against fighting kidney disease!