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What can be done to protect my kidneys?

Whether you struggle with chronic kidney disease or not, protecting your kidneys is essential in maintaining your health.

The kidneys are vital organs whose purpose is to get rid of waste and excess fluid in the body and thereby need to be kept healthy and functional. There are numerous ways in which you can contribute to the health of your kidneys, such as:

  • regular exercise: by engaging in exercise such as walking, swimming or cycling, not only will you lose extra pounds if you struggle with obesity, but you will also reduce your blood pressure and improve the health of your heart
  • control your blood sugar: by increasing your fiber intake, eating foods with a low glycemic index and drinking plenty of water, you will keep your blood sugar levels under control and avoid the risk of diabetes, which worsens kidney disease
  • monitor your blood pressure: since if you have high blood pressure, you are more likely to suffer from kidney disease, regularly monitoring your blood pressure is a very good idea
  • eat a healthy diet: a diet low in sodium and processed meats and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables will protect your kidneys
  • lose the extra pounds: if you are overweight or obese, losing weight is crucial to maintain the function of your kidneys, as people who struggle with extra pounds are more susceptible to developing chronic kidney disease
  • drink plenty of water: by drinking between 1.5 and 2 liters of water every day, you are maintaining the health of your kidneys by avoiding the development of kidney stones and kidney disease
  • quit smoking: if you are a smoker, you may want to consider quitting, as smoking damages your blood vessels, which may lead to kidney disease over time
  • limit the amount of over-the-counter medication you take: medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen, if taken on a regular basis, can greatly damage your kidneys, so it is a good idea to take them only when it is absolutely necessary

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/