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Don't Kid Around About Kidney Health
Your kidneys perform many important functions. If your kidneys aren't working properly, harmful substances may build up in your blood.
Follow these steps to help reduce your risk of developing kidney disease:
- Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
- Know and control your blood pressure.
- Stay physically fit. Exercise improves blood flow through your body and improves muscle function, which help your kidneys. Physical activity also lowers blood pressure, keeps blood sugar levels in control and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
- Follow a well-balanced diet consisting of mostly plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans.
- Use pain medication only as directed. Their overuse can cause kidney problems. If you take ibuprofen, acetaminophen or other over-the-counter pain relievers for more than 10 days, or are using them in excess of what the label recommends, talk with your doctor.
For information on how to lower your risk for kidney disease, consult a registered dietitian in your area and take a look at our Kidney Disease Information. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month is "Get Your Plate in Shape." For videos, tips, games and other resources to help you eat healthfully, visit eatright.org/nnm.
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