Recent studies indicate that 26 million American adults suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and that the number is likely to mrise unless Americans get serious about prevention. Primary risks include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older. Secondary risks include obesity, autoimmune diseases, urinary-tract infections and systemic infections. Exercising regularly and controlling weight are just two of the top 10 ways to keep your kidneys healthy, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Be sure to follow the entire list to maximize the health of your kidneys.
■ Exercise regularly
■ Don’t overuse over-the-counter painkillers or NSAIDs
■ Control weight
■ Get an annual physical
■ Follow a healthful diet
■ Know your family’s medical history
■ Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol
■ Learn about kidney disease
■ Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol
■ Manage your diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease if you have these conditions
■ Talk to your doctor about getting tested if you’re at risk for CKD
— Source: National Kidney Foundation
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