March is National Kidney Month
A time when communities across the country raise awareness about kidney disease.
This year’s focus is the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease.
If you have high blood pressure, you’re at risk for chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and death.
Here are 6 Healthy Lifestyle Habits to Protect Your Kidneys
Thank you to the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases
Take Medications as Prescribed
Your doctor may prescribe blood pressure-lowering medications that are effective in slowing the development of kidney disease.
Aim for a Healthy Weight
If you are overweight or obese, losing even a small amount of weight can improve blood pressure readings.
Select Healthier Options
Focus on fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, and other heart-healthy foods.
Get Enough Sleep
Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
Manage Stress and Try Working Out
Consider stress-reducing activities and get at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity each day.
Try to quit smoking
If you smoke, take steps to quit.
Take The Pressure Off
Watch this video to understand how much of an impact high blood pressure is on your kidneys!
Get To Know Your Kidneys
Why are your kidneys so important? Check out this infographic to learn more about your amazing kidneys!