National Kidney Month

According to the National Kidney Foundation, there are several ways to keep your kidneys healthy such as: regulating fluid levels, activating Vitamin D for healthy bones, filtering waste from the blood, direct production of red blood cells, regulating blood pressure, and keeping minerals in the blood in balance. Problems with Kidney Disease can cause cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, weak bones, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and anemia. Risk factors can include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and being over the age of 60. Symptoms can include swelling (face, hands, abdomen, ankles, and feet), blood in urine, foamy urine, puffy eyes, difficult and or painful urination, increased thirst, and fatigue. According to the CDC, you can show your body some love by getting active, choosing healthy foods and drinks, quitting smoking, and getting the flu shot because people with chronic diseases are more likely to have complications if they catch the flu.

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