97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – National Kidney Month
March is National Kidney Month. Most people know they have kidneys but don’t know anything about them or how important they are to their overall health. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses what your kidneys do and ways you can protect them from kidney disease.
The importance of healthy kidneys
Your kidneys are important because they filter wastes from your blood, regulate fluid levels in your body, help keep your blood pressure under control, activate Vitamin D for healthy bones, and even help make red blood cells.
What is Kidney Disease?
Kidney disease is a condition that damages your kidneys and decreases their ability to keep you healthy by doing their job. If caught early, kidney disease can be slowed or even stopped. Kidney disease can cause kidney failure, high blood pressure, weak bones, and much more.
Who is at risk?
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans are at risk. High Blood Pressure and Diabetes are the two leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure. If you are over the age of 60 or have a family history of kidney failure, you are also at higher risk of developing the condition.
Two Simple Ways to Test for Kidney Disease
There are two simple, inexpensive tests people can get right at their doctors office to check for kidney disease: Blood and Urine.
Tips for Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy
- Keep blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control
- Lose weight, if needed
- Eat healthy
- Exercise regularly
- Limit Alcohol
- Refrain from smoking
- Drink lots of water
Y-Country Medical Minute
Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.