By: Mission Healthy Living
March 20, 2019
If you remember your high school biology class, you’ll recall that your kidneys act as your body’s filter. By extracting waste like toxins and excess salt from blood, as well as regulating acid, red blood cells and blood pressure, these two organs do a whole lot to keep your body well-balanced.
Did you know that the function of your kidneys is also closely tied to blood pressure?
According to the CDC, “adults with high blood pressure, diabetes, or both, have a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) than those without these diseases.” And CKD can lead to its own set of complications, as excess fluid and waste in the blood can lead to kidney failure (experienced by more than half a million Americans). After experiencing kidney failure, 468,000 Americans received dialysis, while 193,000 received a transplant (Source: NIDDK).
During National Kidney Month, be sure you’re doing everything you can to ensure proper kidney health and get tested if you’re worried about your situation.
Those struggling to lower their blood pressure can observe some general best practices:
- Check your blood pressure regularly. Ask your doctor for your ideal blood pressure numbers.
- Among the many benefits of physical activity, exercise makes your heart stronger and ultimately improves circulation.
- Change up your nutrition regimen by eating more produce (fruits and veggies) and lowering your salt intake.
- Take blood pressure medications as prescribed by your doctor.
(Infographic from National Kidney Foundation)
You should always consult your doctor on ways to ensure your kidneys function properly and reduce your blood pressure, as every person’s situation differs.