Chronic Kidney disease or CKD, is a condition that damages your kidneys. Once in that state, your kidneys can no longer filter blood as well as before. This condition can last for 3 months or longer, depending on how harsh the effects has on your kidney. According to CDC.Gov” Excess fluid and waste from the blood remain in the body and may cause other health problems.”
What many underestimates is how many people are affected by this every day. In United Sates alone this condition effects 30 million Americas. With so many people affected by it, makes you want to know what causes it? The sad reality is, it can affect anyone at any age. The most common causes and risk factors include: Diabetes, High blood pressure (hypertension), Heart disease, Having a family member with kidney disease, Being African-American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian and Being over 60 years old.
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to prevent kidney problems. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of CKD. If you do have diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure to always monitor it. Working with your doctor to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control is the best way to the disease and keeping yourself healthy.
Follow these tips to lower your risk for kidney disease and the problems that cause it:
- Follow a low-salt, low-fat diet
- Exercise at least 30 minutes
- Have regular check-ups with your doctor
- Do not smoke or use tobacco
- Limit alcohol