Meet Your Kidneys

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They are often underrated, in fact most of us hardly think about them, but they are so vital to the daily workings of the body. They clean your blood, working hard 24/7 as tireless, highly technical recycling and waste disposal units that hardly ever complain. In fact, less than 10% of people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are even aware they have it. 

Some facts on CKD from Kidney Health Australia:

  • 1 in 3 Australians are at increased risk of kidney disease

  • Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two most common causes of kidney disease

  • 90% of kidney function can be lost without experiencing ANY symptoms

  • Every-day, 56 Australians die from kidney related disease

So what can you do to look after your kidneys?

1. Maintain a healthy body weight. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, eat a wide variety of fresh foods and try a smaller plate to reduce portion sizes.

2. Manage your salt intake. Remember most salt you eat is already in the food you buy. Learn how to read food labels and choose options lower in salt, and take that salt shaker off the dinner table.

3. Drink water instead. It is calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available. Drinks containing sugar can cause and worsen a number of health related conditions, they should be enjoyed small amounts on occasion, not every day.

4. Monitor your kidney health. Kidney disease is silent and deadly. See your GP every year for a preventative health check that includes blood test, urine test and blood pressure check.

5. Quit smoking. Smokers are 3 times more likely to have reduced kidney function and 4-5 times at greater risk of heart attack and stroke.

The good news: Looking after yourself to prevent kidney disease will also reduce your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease…same great advice, same great health benefits! Glass of water anyone, or a walk after work?

Thanks to Kidney Health Australia for their great resources and facts:

Maryanne Pannewig, Diabetes Educator, Kalgoorlie

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