Kidneys perform the crucial task of cleansing your body of waste. When you poison your body through your habits and diet, your kidneys bear the burden of cleaning the blood. This takes a toll on the kidneys leading to kidney damage. Over time you may develop kidney failure.
You can prevent this by taking care of your kidneys. Here are a few facts that will help you protect your kidneys from damage.
Don’t over use of antibiotics.
Taking too much antibiotics is harmful. Urinary tract infections may persist in the body for long periods and could lead to kidney damage and life-threatening sepsis.
Long term uncontrolled diabetes can lead to pyelonephritis a serious kidney condition. Diabetes also makes treatment of urinary tract infections difficult and infections can give rise to serious complications.
Treat prostate enlargement.
Prostate enlargement in older men leads to frequent urination during the day and night, urge incontinence, poor stream and blood in urine. This condition should not be ignored and it may lead to frequent urinary tract infection, bladder stones and kidney failure.
Treat urinary incontinence.
Women who had multiple childbirths or are in the menopausal age may develop urinary incontinence. This can severely inhibit lifestyle and lead to chronic anxiety. Treatments are available and you should consult a doctor at the earliest to regain control.
Prevent kidney stones.
Severe stomach cramps are a sign of kidney stones. Kidney stones are formed when you don’t drink enough water and urine becomes concentrated. Adequate intake of water and fluids will help prevent kidney stone formation.
Smoking increases the risk of bladder cancer. Frequent urination, pain in the lower abdomen, blood, clots and tissue in the urine are symptoms of bladder cancer. Stop smoking to prevent bladder cancer.
Difficult urination in children.
Children may have a congenital condition called hydronephrosis which narrows the urinary tract. It causes difficulty and abdominal pain while passing urine. This condition can be managed traditionally and with surgery for relief.
Most common kidney conditions can be prevented by taking these simple steps.
- Drink adequate water
- Include curds and milk in your diet
- Limit sugar, alcohol and caffeine
- Avoid using over-the-counter antibiotics
- Include lemon/ orange juice/ coconut water
- Include plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Limit meat and meat products
- Adopt hygienic practices
- Manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension
- Get a regular health check-up after 55
- Get regular exercise
- Quit smoking
Kidneys are vital for our health and productivity. Protect your kidneys with the right lifestyle. Get regular check-ups and consult our experts for the most advanced kidney care.