How often do you consider the health of your kidneys? It has been reported that around one million people in the UK are not aware that they have chronic kidney disease and given some of the main causes of this condition are linked to lifestyle and longevity, perhaps you should.
This Thursday (11 March) is World Kidney Day and it’s a good time to consider what your kidneys do for you and how you can keep them healthy.
Most people have two kidneys but it is possible to lead a healthy life with only one. As well as filtering and maintaining the correct levels of fluids, electrolytes and acidity, the kidneys are responsible for removing toxins from the body through urine. They also release a hormone which helps control your blood pressure, produce vitamin D to maintain strong bones and produce a hormone, erythropoietin, which helps with the production of red blood cells. There are around one million nephrons in each kidney which enables all these functions to happen.
In the UK, for a lot of people diabetes and high blood pressure have contributed to their kidney disease; both of which can be helped with some lifestyle changes. The best ways to prevent late onset diabetes and hypertension are to maintain a healthy weight, keep active and to not smoke. If you are being treated for diabetes or high blood pressure, follow your doctor or nurses advice and if you are unsure always ask. It is also worth asking if you should have your kidney function checked regularly by having tests done on your blood or urine.
Another way to keep your kidneys healthy is to stay well hydrated. Water is best, about
four pints for women and five for men daily, which you need to increase if unwell or in
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Published on 11 March 2021