Monday, December 13, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Healthy kidneys aren't a given. The December issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers risk factors for kidney disease and ways to keep kidneys doing their important work of filtering waste and excess fluids from the body.
Several factors increase the risk of kidney disease. Some can't be controlled, such as being older than age 65, a family history of kidney disease, or being black, Native American or Asian-American. Other factors can be addressed with treatment or lifestyle changes. Those factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, smoking, obesity and high cholesterol.
It's wise to talk with a physician about risk factors. The doctor may recommend simple testing, including blood pressure measurement and blood and urine tests to see how the kidneys are working. Kidney failure, when detected early, can be slowed or even halted with lifestyle changes and treatment for underlying health conditions.
The Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers these tips to keep kidneys working:
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