How You Can Take Control of Your Kidney Health

According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in three Americans is at risk for developing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Some patients don’t realize that they are having kidney problems and many are unaware of the beginning symptoms. If you are experiencing conditions like high blood pressure, anemia (low amount of healthy red blood cells), weakening bones or are concerned about the health of your kidneys, it’s crucial that you find a urologist to work with you. This is even more important if you have a family history of kidney problems. The early detection of Chronic Kidney Disease is key in the success of addressing it.

Partnering with your specialist and your primary care physician is beneficial when it comes to kidney care. While kidney care can be complex, a urologist can help. The majority of kidney issues can be addressed without the use of advanced technology.

If you are worried about kidney problems, it is important to understand more about the symptoms you are experiencing. This is the first step in taking control of your kidney health. A urologist can explain how the kidneys remove waste and balance the fluids in your body. A urologist can also help you determine your exact situation with your kidney health and can help you determine the best plan for keeping you and your kidneys healthy.

Here are some of the ways you can take control of your kidneys’ health:

-Appropriately take the medications your doctor has prescribed to you.

-Limit your consumption of foods that are high in saturated fats, protein, sodium and potassium (all of these can place stress on your kidneys).

-Find a urologist you can trust to work with you on your kidney health.

-Exercise regularly.

Your kidneys are vital to the way your body functions and are a key player in maintaining good health. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease or if you have a family history of kidney disease, please contact Dr. Melanie Ketchandji’s office at 918-579-3130.