The National Kidney Foundation states that there are more than 37 million people living in the United States with chronic kidney disease.
During National Kidney Month this March, our team at AFC Urgent Care Levittown wants you to know more about the two main causes of kidney failure, as well as what steps you can take to help reduce your risk.
What Causes Kidney Failure?
The National Kidney Foundation states there are two main causes of kidney failure—diabetes and high blood pressure. The best way to protect your kidneys is to avoid those two medical conditions in the first place by practicing healthy lifestyle habits, like regular exercise and a balanced diet.
But it’s also important to take steps to manage the conditions effectively if you do have them. This can help minimize the harmful effects that high blood sugar and high blood pressure can have on the kidneys.
Kidney Failure Symptoms
- Less energy
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Dry skin
- Blood in urine
- Foamy urine
- Need to urinate often
- Puffiness around eyes
- Swollen ankles and feet
What Steps Can You Take to Better Control Diabetes?
Currently, there are more than 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes. If you are one of them, it is vital to learn how to help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels in order to reduce risk of kidney failure.
First, you want to make sure you monitor your blood sugar levels and keep them within the level advised by your doctor. Next, you want to make sure you are drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and controlling your carb intake. Finally, regular exercise and stress management are also important in controlling diabetes and reducing your risk of kidney failure.
Other Ways to Prevent Kidney Failure
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
- Follow a low-salt and low-fat diet.
- Keep a healthy weight.
- Avoid smoking.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Exercise regularly.
Wondering where your health currently stands? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Levittown today for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!