March is National Kidney Month

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. What puts you at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, and being age 60 or older.
Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. If you have one of these risk factors, talk with your health care provider at your next physical about screening for kidney disease. More than likely, your health care provider is already doing the screening through urine or blood testing. 
 Nine Things Everyone Should Do for Healthy Kidneys:
  1. Exercise regularly
  2. Control weight
  3. Follow a balanced diet
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Drink only in moderation
  6. Stay hydrated
  7. Monitor cholesterol levels
  8. Get an annual physical
  9. Know your family medical history