National Kidney Month is the perfect time to make sure you're taking care of your kidneys. Did you know 2 in 5 adults with chronic kidney disease do not know they have it? Follow these healthy lifestyle tips and take control of your kidney health.
Check in regularly with your doctor
By scheduling annual check ups and staying connected with your doctor, you can help maintain your overall health. Several doctors are offering telehealth appointments via phone or computer, so you don’t have to worry about coming into the office during the COVID-19 restrictions. To find a doctor in your area, check out our Find a Doctor tool.
Reduce processed foods
These foods contain a lot of sodium, unhealthy fats and even phosphorus. Many people who have kidney disease need to limit phosphorus in their diets. Research has shown that high phosphorus intake from processed foods may be harmful to kidneys. Try foods that are low in phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Some options include cabbage, cauliflower, blueberries and bell peppers.
Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine
Consider healthy, stress-reducing activities and get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. By exercising, you build up your muscle and endurance. This helps your kidneys function at peak levels. Some physical activities to try are: taking a walk, riding a bike, doing yoga, gardening, and swimming.
Get tested and stay healthy!
It’s important that you have any of of the following conditions, to talk to your doctor about getting tested for kidney disease:
high blood pressure
a family history of kidney failure
Regular testing is your best chance for identifying kidney disease. Early treatment is most effective and can help prevent additional health problems. Kidney disease is more commonly associated with people who have a family history or those who are over the age of 60.
All plans through Maryland Health Connection, cover doctor visits and preventive screenings. If you do not have health insurance, enroll today at MarylandHealthConnection.gov.
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