Focus On... National Kidney Month

March 2020

National Kidney Month is an annual reminder for people of all ages to check in on the health of their kidneys. With so many different aspects of our health that we need to stay on top of, it’s easy to forget about certain parts of the body that do so much for us!

Did you know that the kidneys are the body’s natural way of “detoxing”? Kidneys act as a filter to remove waste and extra fluid from your body. They help ensure blood pressure is regulated, the body’s fluids are balanced, and that we are producing red blood cells and vitamin D.

Kidney disease often has no symptoms and can easily progress undetected. It important to get tested regularly because early detection can slow and prevent progression of kidney disease. Major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.

Resources

To learn more about National Kidney Month, check out the following resources:

 

Your Kidneys & how they work (NIH)

 

Your Kidneys: Do you know these facts? (Kidney.org)

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