How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy: The 5 Golden Rules of Good Kidney Health by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy: The 5 Golden Rules of Good Kidney Health

One in three Americans is at risk for developing kidney disease, but genetics isn’t the only deciding factor. Your kidneys have many important jobs, including:

  • eliminating excess waste and fluid
  • controlling blood pressure 
  • producing red blood cells

So it’s important to protect them. Here are the five golden rules for good kidney health:

  • Avoid Diabetes: It’s the biggest cause of kidney disease, but it’s also largely avoidable if you eat healthy, exercise, lose extra weight and quit smoking.
  • Keep Blood Pressure in CheckHigh blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease, so get tested to be sure you don’t have it.
  • Get Moving: Exercise has been shown to reduce risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Control Intake: Most health risks can be minimized by eating healthy, avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol intake, and kidney disease is no different.

About 30 million Americans have kidney damage, and 96 percent don’t know they have it. Practicing the golden rules for good kidney health can save your life!

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Donna John
I had no idea our kidneys control blood pressure. Wow. Good to know. Very important information here, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP .
Elisa Schmitz
I did not know all of this, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP . So good to have you sharing this type of info with us. Diet and exercise, so important!!
Nicole D Pierce [inactive]
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