March is National Kidney Month
Since March is National Kidney Month; Southeastern Renal Dialysis would like to invite everyone to take time to recognize the importance of thier kidneys. Here are some facts about your kidneys taken directly from the National Kidney Foundation. The link to this website is www.kidney.org.
About The Kidneys:
The kidneys are two, fist-sized organs in your lower back. They maintain overall health through the following functions:
- Filtering waste out of 200 liters of blood each day.
- Regulating of the body's salt, potassium and acid content.
- Removing of drugs from the body.
- Balancing the body’s fluids.
- Releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure.
- Producing an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones.
- Controlling the production of red blood cells.
Quick Facts on Kidney Disease:
- Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the country.
- More than 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and most don’t know it.
- There are over 95,000 people waiting for kidney transplants.
- More than 590,000 people have kidney failure in the US today.
The National Kidney Foundation urges the public to take basic steps to protect the kidneys on World Kidney Day on March 14, including the following:
- A low salt diet without excessive fat or calories.
- Regular exercise. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the rise and can often be treated and reversed with physical activity and weight loss.
- Manage and control blood pressure. High blood pressure is another leading cause of kidney disease.
- Testing for those at risk.
Thank you for taking the time to care about your kidneys.