How Louisville Seniors Can Keep Their Kidneys Healthy

March 20, 2018

Louisville Seniors: Here Are 5 Tips for Better Kidney Health

Your kidneys work hard for you, day in and day out. To take good care of them, you’ll want to focus on these things that make a big difference.

Watch your blood pressure.

If it’s too high, that can put stress on your kidneys. If you’re not sure what your blood pressure is, your doctor can check it. You could have high blood pressure and not know it, since it doesn’t have any symptoms. High blood pressure is one of the top causes of kidney problems.

Got diabetes? 

If you do, work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar levels in check. If they’re not under control, that can cause problems for your kidneys over time. Along with hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes is one of the biggest concerns for kidney health.

Take your meds. 

If you have any prescriptions, follow your doctor’s instructions and take them as recommended.

Yes to food and fitness. 

You already know that exercise and eating right help your heart and weight. They also help your blood pressure and your blood sugar levels. And that’s good for your kidneys.

Shake the salt habit. 

Keep sodium low: no more than 2,300 milligrams a day. Check food labels to see how much is in a serving. It might be more than you think!

Learn more facts about your kidneys on the National Kidney Foundation website, and about local Kentucky services and events here.  

For information about Louisville senior diabetes symptoms and prevention, please click here.