Our kidneys play a really important role in keeping us healthy and allowing our bodies to perform daily tasks.
What do our kidneys do?
The main role of our kidneys is to filter our blood to remove any toxins or excess water and remove it from the body through urination. Through this process our kidneys are also able to control our blood pressure by letting go of or holing on to extra water, as needed.
What are the risk factors for kidney disease?
- Hypertension (chronic high blood pressure)
- Family History of kidney disease
- Genetic predisposition
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
What are the signs and symptoms?
Most people don’t notice any symptoms until their kidney function has been severely impacted. These can include:
- Swelling of your ankles
- Decreased appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in urine such as blood or foamy urine
How can we keep them healthy?
Kidney disease can sometimes occur due to things we can’t change such as genetics, however, there are measures we can take to prevent it from occurring as much as possible. Including:
- Staying active
- Eating a balanced diet
- Limiting your salt intake to 5-6 grams of salt per day
- Keeping an eye on your blood sugar levels, especially as you get older
- Staying hydrated, especially on a hot day or when exercising – aim for around 8 cups of water a day
- Monitoring your blood pressure
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid taking pain relief medication regularly
Take care of your kidneys this World Kidney Day!
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World Kidney Day. (2023). Kidney Facts. https://www.worldkidneyday.org/facts/your-kidneys/