kidneyRecent studies indicate that 26 million American adults suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and that the number is likely to mrise unless Americans get serious about prevention. Primary risks include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older. Secondary risks include obesity, autoimmune diseases, urinary-tract infections and systemic infections. Exercising regularly and controlling weight are just two of the top 10 ways to keep your kidneys healthy, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Be sure to follow the entire list to maximize the health of your kidneys.

Exercise regularly

Don’t overuse over-the-counter painkillers or NSAIDs

Control weight

Get an annual physical

Follow a healthful diet

Know your family’s medical history

Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol

Learn about kidney disease

Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol

Manage your diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease if you have these conditions

Talk to your doctor about getting tested if you’re at risk for CKD

Source: National Kidney Foundation

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