Protect Your Kidneys
Tips for Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy
- Keep blood pressure below 140/90 mm/Hg, but check with your health care provider for your appropriate target.
- Stay in your target cholesterol range.
- Eat foods lower in sodium.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Stay physically active.
- Take your medications as directed.
- Meet blood sugar targets as often as you can.
- Have an A1c test at least twice a year, but ideally up to four times a year. An A1c test measures the average level of blood sugar over the past three months.
Who is More Likely to Develop Kidney Disease?
Injuries and Infections Can Damage Your Kidneys
- Cloudy or bloody urine.
- Pain or burning when you urinate.
- An urgent need to urinate often.
- Back pain.