There are several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. Some small changes in behaviour can
have enormous health benefits.
How to improve your Kidney Health
- MONITOR YOUR BLOOD PRESSUREHigh blood pressure accelerates kidney damage. To protect yourself
from kidney disease you should also maintain a diet low in salt and saturated fats.
- KEEP FIT AND ACTIVEThis helps reduce your blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of
- DON’T SMOKESmoking slows blood flow to the kidneys, deceasing their ability to function
- EAT HEALTHILY AND KEEP YOUR WEIGHT IN CHECKThis can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and
other conditions associated with kidney disease.
- GET YOUR KIDNEY FUNCTION TESTEDIf anyone in your family has suffered from kidney disease, you
are diabetic or have high blood pressure or if you are of South Asian or Affrican-Caribbean ethnic background.
- KEEP WELL HYDRATEDThis helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body which can
significantly lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
For further information about keeping your kidneys healthy, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Transplants and
Living Donation, please contact the National Kidney Federation Helpline on the free to call number:
0800 169 0936