If you are at risk for kidney disease, the most important steps you can take to keep your kidneys healthy is to ensure that your chronic condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are well managed.
Tips to help keep your kidneys healthy:
- Keep your blood pressure under control.
- If you have diabetes, control your blood glucose level.
- Keep your cholesterol levels low.
- Take medicines that you have been advised to take. Some medications that you may be on will help to protect your kidneys.
- Cut back on salt. Aim for less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day.
- Choose foods that are healthy for your heart: fresh fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Be more physically active.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- If you smoke, take steps to quit.
For more information on kidney health and common kidney problems see theses links:
- NHS Choices – Kidney Health
- Kidney Health Check
- Urine Infections
- Kidney Stones
- Chronic Kidney Disease
Keep your bladder healthy by:
- Advice as above for “keeping your kidneys healthy”, plus
- Drinking plenty of water
- Train your bladder
- Avoid constipation http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/constipation/pages/introduction.aspx
Do a short test to find out if you have a bladder problem:
Do you regualrly wet youself when laugh or cough? Do you feel the urge to pass urine and sometimes don’t make it to the toilet? These are symptoms of urine incontinence and you are not alone, it is a common problem in both women and men. If you have any of these symptoms you can refer yourself to the incontence clinic. Please see this leaflet, or consult with your doctor.
If you have blood in your urine please consult with your Doctor.
For more information on Bladder health and common bladder problems see these links: