Ask not what your kidneys can do for you, but what you can do for your kidneys? It’s World Kidney Day and that means it’s time to learn a little more about what your kidneys do and why they’re so important!
I’m sure we all know that your kidneys produce urine, but what else do they do?
- Make urine
- Remove wastes and extra fluid from your blood
- Control your body's chemical balance
- Help control your blood pressure
- Help keep your bones healthy
- Help you make red blood cells
Those are all important things! Imagine if you had Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and had to have dialysis several times a week to filter your blood. That doesn’t sound like much fun.
If you detect it early, though, kidney disease is treatable. If you’re at risk, your doctor can order a simple test to determine if you need treatment.
How can you reduce your risk of developing kidney disease? Just live an active, healthy lifestyle, and get your kidney function checked if you're at risk.
- you have diabetes
- you have hypertension
- you are obese
- one of your parents or other family members suffers from kidney disease
- you are of African, Asian, or Aboriginal origin
The World Kidney Day site is a great site to find out more about your amazing kidneys!