With one of three American adults at risk for Kidney disease, bringing awareness on how to promote kidney health is vital to preventing chronic kidney disease (CKD). Fortunately, following a few simple life changes can halt this growing epidemic.
The Rundown On Kidney Health
Kidneys have the important job of filtering out 200 liters of blood per day. Their function assists in regulating blood pressure and direct red blood cell production. Since they are directly tied to regulation of high blood pressure, those who suffer from high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease are more prone to CKD.
The kidneys are primarily responsible for regulating and balancing the levels in the body including salt, potassium, acid content, and fluids. The kidneys internally produce Vitamin D. They can be found in your lower back and play an important role in maintaining overall health.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the country, affecting 26 million Americans. Surprisingly, most of the people that have CKD don’t know it because the common symptoms can sometimes go undetected. A blood test or urine test can help diagnose CKD.
Chronic Kidney is the progressive loss of the kidney function overtime that can cause certain parts of the kidney to shut down and fails to properly filter blood. Once you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, it cannot be cured but treatments can often slow or halt its progression.
Medication and a healthy diet can help with CKD. In bad cases, kidney failure can often result in the need for a kidney transplant. With over 95,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant right now, this procedure can be hard to come by.
Be sure to take in your account the various risk factors associated with CKD and implement ways to prevent this disease. We hope you use the month of March to learn more about CKD and kidney health!