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World Kidney Day
Today is World Kidney Day, intended to "raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide."
If you are at risk for developing kidney disease, seek the advice of a registered dietitian and follow these steps to help reduce your risk:
- Keep control of your blood sugar. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, stay within blood sugar guidelines as instructed by your physician.
- Know and control your blood pressure. One in three adults has high blood pressure, yet many do not have it under control. Reduce your sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg). If you are 51 or older, African-American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, reduce your intake to 1,500 mg. Have your blood pressure checked every time you go to the doctor or at least once a year.
- Stay physically fit. Exercise improves blood flow through your body and improves muscle function, both of which help your kidneys. Exercise also lowers blood pressure, helps keep blood sugar levels in control and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat well. A well-balanced diet focuses on nutrient-dense foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, lean meats and poultry, seafood, eggs, beans and peas, and nuts and seeds.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
If you are at risk or already have kidney disease, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit the Academy's Kidney Disease page.
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Reviewed January 2013