March is National Kidney Awareness Month, a time to raise
awareness about the importance of kidney health and to
encourage folks to take proactive steps to keep their kidneys
The kidneys play a vital role in filtering waste and excess fluid
from the body, as well as regulating blood pressure and producing
hormones. Unfortunately, kidney disease often goes undetected
until it has progressed to an advanced stage.
Some things we can do to protect our kidneys include eating a
balanced diet that is low in salt and saturated fat, exercising
regularly, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol
consumption. Additionally, it’s important to manage chronic
conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which can
damage the kidneys over time if left untreated.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as frequent urination,
fatigue, swelling in the legs or feet, or changes in urine color or
amount, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider. Early
detection and treatment of kidney disease can help slow its
progression and prevent further damage. By working together, we
can help to improve the kidney health of our community and
ensure that everyone has access to the care they need.