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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
If youâ€™re cleaning house this March, start in the kitchen. Besides dust bunnies and canned fruits that have outlived their expiration dates, get ready to clear out some common grocery items that could be wrecking your bodyâ€™s filterâ€”the kidneys. The kidneys work 24/7 to clean out toxins in the body, so keep them healthy by cleaning out your kitchen. March is National Kidney Month, March 14 is World Kidney Day—the perfect time to trash the following:
March is National Kidney Month, the perfect time to take this simple quiz from the NKF. Check “Yes” or “No” to the questions below:
If you checked YES to any of the above questions, you could be at risk for kidney disease. The leading causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. How do they cause kidney damage? Diabetes increases pressure inside the kidney's filters. Over a period of time, this pressure damages the filters, which then leak protein into the urine. High blood pressure, or hypertension, means that the pressure of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels increases. If left untreated, hypertension can lead to kidney disease, heart attacks and strokes.
Why are African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans at increased risk for kidney disease? One reason is that diabetes is more common in these groups than in the population at large. African Americans experience a higher incidence of high blood pressure. These groups may have an inherited tendency to develop these diseases.
If you think you may be at risk for kidney disease, askyour doctorfor tests, including blood and urine tests that can determine how well your kidneys are functioning. For more information, check out the three simple tests to check for kidney disease.