According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in three Americans is at risk for developing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Patients do not realize that they are having kidney issues and many are unaware of the symptoms. If you are experiencing conditions such as high blood pressure, anemia (low amount of healthy red blood cells), weakening bones or if you are concerned about the health of your kidneys, it is important to contact your primary care provider. If you have a family history of kidney problems, being aware is even more critical. The early detection of CKD is key in the success of addressing it.
Partnering with your specialist and your primary care physician is beneficial when it comes to kidney care. If you are worried about kidney problems, it is important to understand more about the symptoms you are experiencing. This is the first step in taking control of your kidney health. A specialist can explain how the kidneys remove waste and balance the fluids in your body, as well as determine how to keep your kidneys healthy.
Here are some of the ways you can take control of your kidneys’ health:
- Take the medications prescribed by your doctor
- Limit consumption of foods high in saturated fats, protein, sodium and potassium
- Exercise regularly
Although kidneys don’t complain, they are vital to the way our bodies function and key to maintaining good health. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms or if you have a family history of kidney disease, please contact Portneuf Medical Group – Nephrology at 208-239-3899.