World Kidney Day

With World Kidney Day taking place on the 12th of March, we’ve put together some top tips to ensure your kidneys are fighting fit. The focus of this year’s campaign is the importance of preventive interventions to avoid the onset and progression of kidney disease. Here are a few tips to set you on the right path.

Keep fit, be active

It’s a simple rule but to keep your body functioning effectively, it’s important to stay active. As well as helping to maintain a healthy weight, regular exercise can also help to reduce blood pressure and boost the health of your heart. These both play an important role in preventing kidney damage. So keep your body moving and your blood pumping.

Maintain a healthy diet

Another one that’s quite simple and is just a part of your everyday life. A proper diet and exercise go hand in hand especially when it comes to working on yourself. Maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as controlling your sugars will help massively when it comes to keeping your kidneys strong.

Ensure you’re keeping yourself topped up

Your kidneys need water to live, without water you’re running the risk of issues such as urinary tract infections or kidney stones. If not treated quickly, these can cause damage to your kidneys and lead to other kidney-related problems. A good indication is if your urine is a strong yellow colour, you probably need some more water in your system. If this is continuous, even with an influx in water consumption, consult a medical professional.

Self-medicating

A lot of the time, over the counter anti-inflammatory or pain-killers are taken to help overcome a problem.

When taken in recommended quantities they can be an ideal solution as they help our body to fight off issues and feel better. But continuing to take pain-killers and anti-inflammatories can lead to some serious kidney problems. It’s important not to become dependent on them.

We recommend that you get your kidney function checked by a medical professional if you have any ‘high risk’ factors, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Family history of kidney disease