For further information about keeping your kidneys healthy, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Transplants and Living Donation, please contact the National Kidney Federation Helpline on the free to call number:
0800 169 0936
There are several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. Some small changes in behaviour can have enormous health benefits.
How to improve your Kidney Health
MONITOR YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE - High blood pressure accelerates kidney damage. To protect yourself from kidney disease you should also maintain a diet low in salt and saturated fats.
KEEP FIT AND ACTIVE- This helps reduce your blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of kidney disease.
DON’T SMOKE- Smoking slows blood flow to the kidneys, deceasing their ability to function properly.
EAT HEALTHILY AND KEEP YOUR WEIGHT IN CHECK- This can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with kidney disease.
GET YOUR KIDNEY FUNCTION TESTED- If anyone in your family has suffered from kidney disease, you are diabetic or have high blood pressure or if you are of South Asian or Affrican-Caribbean ethnic background.
KEEP WELL HYDRATED - This helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body which can significantly lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease.