National Kidney Awareness Month : Let’s Talk About Our Kidneys

February 27, 2024

March Illuminates National Kidney Awareness Month

March is dedicated to raising awareness about kidney health, a vital aspect of our well-being. It's a time to delve into the nuances of kidney health, from understanding the risks and symptoms of kidney issues to appreciating the relentless efforts our kidneys exert to keep us healthy and vibrant.

AFC Urgent Care Dedham has compiled a comprehensive guide to help you grasp the importance of kidney health and the potential consequences of neglecting it.

Understanding the Significance of Your Kidneys

Your kidneys perform a myriad of essential functions, including:

  • Filtering all the blood in your body every 30 minutes.
  • Removing waste, toxins, and excess fluid.
  • Regulating blood pressure.
  • Stimulating the production of red blood cells.
  • Maintaining bone health.
  • Regulating blood chemicals crucial for life.

How Kidney Disease Develops

According to the CDC, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) occurs when the kidneys are damaged and cannot effectively cleanse the blood. This leads to a buildup of extra fluid and waste in the body, which can result in complications such as heart disease and stroke. Approximately 15% of adults in the US, roughly 37 million people, are affected by CKD. Certain factors, including high blood pressure, a family history of CKD, diabetes, and age over 60, increase the risk of developing CKD.

Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease

Symptoms of CKD include:

  • Swelling in various body parts such as the face, hands, abdomen, ankles, and feet.
  • Blood or foamy urine.
  • Increased thirst.
  • Fatigue.

However, individuals with CKD may not experience any symptoms or feel unwell. Specific blood and urine tests are necessary for an accurate diagnosis, including assessing creatinine levels in the blood and detecting protein in the urine.

Tips for Maintaining Kidney Health

To promote kidney health, consider the following tips:

  • Maintain blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg.
  • Keep blood sugar within the recommended range for diabetes management.
  • Engage in regular physical activity.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Undergo regular testing if at risk of CKD.
  • Consult with a dietitian for a kidney-friendly meal plan if diagnosed with CKD.
  • Adhere to medication instructions, and discuss potential benefits with your doctor.
  • Quit smoking.

AFC Urgent Care Dedham Will Assist with Blood Work

If you experience symptoms of CKD or require medical attention for testing, AFC Urgent Care Dedham is here to help. We offer comprehensive blood and urine tests to evaluate kidney function. You can visit us any day of the week; appointments are not necessary—just walk in. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment online for added convenience. We accept most insurances and provide a hassle-free online payment system for your convenience.

At AFC Urgent Care Dedham, your kidney health is our priority.

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