Kidney Health And Kidney Disease: National Awareness Month

February 27, 2024

March Illuminates National Kidney Awareness Month

March marks an essential time for health awareness – National Kidney Month. It's a call to action to dive into the world of kidney health, understanding its complexities, and acknowledging its pivotal role in our well-being. Throughout this month, the spotlight is on understanding the nuances of kidney function, from grasping potential risks and symptoms of kidney-related conditions to recognizing the remarkable efforts of our kidneys in preserving our overall health.

At AFC Urgent Care Malden, we understand the significance of kidney health and have curated an extensive guide to shed light on the importance of these vital organs. This guide aims to delve into the functions of our kidneys and highlight the potential consequences if we overlook their well-being.

What Do Your Kidneys Even Do?

Your kidneys are unsung heroes, performing a myriad of essential functions crucial for your health:

  • Blood Filtration: Every 30 minutes, your kidneys meticulously filter all the blood in your body, purging waste and excess fluids to maintain a pristine bloodstream.
  • Waste Elimination: Diligently, your kidneys eliminate waste, toxins, and surplus fluids, ensuring your body stays clean and functional.
  • Blood Pressure Regulation: Your kidneys play a pivotal role in regulating blood pressure, vital for the health of your heart and blood vessels.
  • Red Blood Cell Production: Actively involved in producing red blood cells, your kidneys ensure efficient oxygen transport throughout your body.
  • Bone Health: In addition to their other functions, your kidneys also contribute to maintaining the strength and health of your bones.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) arises when the kidneys suffer damage, hindering their ability to effectively cleanse the blood. This results in a buildup of waste and fluids, posing risks of severe complications like heart disease and stroke. Those with high blood pressure, a family history of CKD, diabetes, or aged over 60 are at elevated risk.

Recognizing the Telltale Signs of CKD

Symptoms of CKD may include:

  • Swelling in various body parts
  • Presence of blood or foamy urine
  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue or diminished energy levels

However, not everyone with CKD experiences symptoms, underscoring the importance of regular check-ups and specific tests for diagnosis.

Strategies for Maintaining Kidney Health

Adopting these practices can help preserve optimal kidney health:

  • Maintain blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg.
  • Manage blood sugar levels within the recommended range for diabetes management.
  • Engage in regular physical activity to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce strain on your kidneys.
  • Undergo regular screenings, particularly if you're at risk of CKD.
  • Consult with a dietitian for a kidney-friendly meal plan upon CKD diagnosis.
  • Adhere to prescribed medications and explore kidney-protective medications.
  • Quit smoking to improve kidney health.

Testing for CKD at AFC Urgent Care Malden

If you suspect CKD or require testing, AFC Urgent Care Malden offers comprehensive blood and urine tests to evaluate kidney function, ensuring accurate diagnosis and timely intervention.

Accessible Care for Your Kidneys

Visit us any day of the week; appointments are not required – simply walk in at your convenience. Alternatively, schedule an appointment online for added ease. Our streamlined online payment system ensures hassle-free transactions, tailored to your preferences. Plus, we accept most insurance plans for accessibility and convenience.

At AFC Urgent Care Malden, we're dedicated to providing exceptional care and supporting your journey to kidney health. Your well-being is our priority.


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