March is National Kidney Month
How much do you know about your kidneys? This month, the National Kidney Foundation encourages everyone to take note of these important organs, and what we can do to raise awareness for those suffering from kidney disfunction.
What do your kidneys do?
Every day, your kidneys are busy at work!
- Regulating fluids
- Activating vitamin D
- Filtering waste from your blood
- Directing red blood cell production
- Regulating blood sugar
- Balancing blood minerals
What is kidney disease?
According to the Mayo Clinic, Chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then excreted in your urine. When chronic kidney disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can build up in your body.
In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you may have few signs or symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
- Swelling of the face, hands, ankles, feet or abdomen
- Blood or foam in urine
- Puffy eyes
- Difficult, painful urination
- Increased thirst
If you’re over the age of 60, or have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease, you may be especially at risk. The most important thing you can do is talk to your doctor today!