Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy: A Guide for National Kidney Awareness Month

February 27, 2024

March Illuminates National Kidney Awareness Month

Welcome to March, the designated National Kidney Awareness Month! It's a time when we shine a spotlight on the vital role our kidneys play in keeping us healthy. From understanding the risks and symptoms of kidney issues to appreciating the hard work our kidneys do daily, this month is all about kidney health awareness. AFC Urgent Care New Britain has created a helpful guide to show you the importance of national kidney awareness month. 

The Essential Role of Your Kidneys

Your kidneys are unsung heroes, quietly performing a myriad of crucial tasks to maintain your well-being:

  • Filtering Blood: Like clockwork, your kidneys filter all the blood in your body every half-hour, removing waste and excess fluid.
  • Waste Removal: They're diligent cleaners, working hard to eliminate waste, toxins, and extra fluids from your system.
  • Blood Pressure Regulation: Keeping your blood pressure in check is one of their key responsibilities, vital for your heart and blood vessels' health.
  • Red Blood Cell Production: They play a part in producing red blood cells, the carriers of oxygen throughout your body.
  • Bone Health: Your kidneys contribute to keeping your bones strong and healthy.
  • Chemical Balance: They maintain the delicate balance of chemicals in your blood, essential for life itself.

Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Did you know that roughly 37 million people, which is about 15% of adults in the US, have CKD?

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) occurs when your kidneys sustain damage, impairing their ability to clean your blood effectively. This leads to a buildup of waste and fluid in your body, potentially resulting in serious complications like heart disease and stroke. 

Spotting Symptoms of CKD

Here are some common symptoms of CKD to watch out for:

  • Swelling in various body parts
  • Blood or foamy urine
  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue

However, it's essential to note that not everyone with CKD experiences symptoms. Specific blood and urine tests are necessary for an accurate diagnosis.

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Kidneys

Taking proactive steps can significantly support your kidney health:

  • Keep your blood pressure in check.
  • Manage your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
  • Stay physically active.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get regular check-ups, especially if you're at risk of CKD.
  • Consult a dietitian for a kidney-friendly meal plan.
  • Adhere to prescribed medications.
  • Quit smoking.

Testing for CKD at AFC Urgent Care New Britain

If you're experiencing symptoms or need testing for CKD, AFC Urgent Care New Britain is here to help. We offer comprehensive blood and urine tests to evaluate kidney function, ensuring timely intervention and accurate diagnosis.

Convenient Access to Care: You can visit us any day of the week, and appointments aren't necessary—just walk in at your convenience. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment online for added ease. Our user-friendly online payment system makes transactions seamless. Plus, we accept most insurances, ensuring accessibility for all.

At AFC Urgent Care New Britain, we're dedicated to providing exceptional care and support for your kidney health journey.

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