TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDNEY
The kidneys are one of the important organs of the human body which is responsible in keeping the blood clean. Our kidneys work 24/7 by sifting out waste products in our body… An amazingly hardworking organ indeed! So for any reason it may malfunction, the culprit could probably be that you have failed to take good care of it.
Millions of people around the world suffer or die due to kidney disease. In the Philippines, kidney disease is one of the causes of deaths among Filipinos. It is important that one should continuously maintain healthy body to reduce the risk of developing this life-threatening disease, kidney failure. Some of the symptoms one may recognize as sign of kidney failure.
- Fatigue, lethargy due to anemia
- Difficulty in breathing- due to decrease in oxygen delivery to cells
- Bloody stool
- Breath Odor
- Prolonged Bleeding
- Nose Bleeding
- Decreased sensation in feet and hands
- Metallic taste in mouth
TIPS TO PREVENT THE RISK OF KIDNEY FAILURE
- Know your family health history- If your family history account for hypertension or diabetes as one of the common family diseases, then it is highly probable that you will develop a kidney failure – that is, if you do not take proper precaution now.
- Exercise and stay active- Regardless of family history, one has to maintain an active lifestyle. Remember, kidney failure, or any disease for that matter, can be acquired by sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits.
- Monitor weight- Obesity leads to all known complications, so it is best to maintain the healthy and standard weight.
- Check blood pressure- Hypertension can lead to kidney failure.
- Control sugar level– Always remember sugar is not only found in sweet delicacies you take. It is substantially present in alcoholic beverages, rice, bread, or even in some fruits such as pineapple, apple, durian, or mango, to name a few.
- Strictly no smoking
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Stay away from taking over-the counter drugs- A non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, like Ibuprofen, can affect our organs if taken frequently.
- Take regular medical examinations- To address the rising number of kidney failure patients, medical advocates suggest that one should taketo undergo a medical check-up, at least annually, to avoid health problems.