Kidney Health 1 : Prevention Attention - by Tim Horn

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Prevention Attention

by Tim Horn

Use these tips to stop kidney problems before they start

Watch Your Weight
Being overweight is a major risk factor for diabetes and hypertension, the top causes of renal disease. If you’re overweight, shed pounds gradually and sensibly. (Translation: Skip the fad diets and over-the-counter pills and consult your doc.)

Eat (and Drink) Smart
Taking HIV meds requires drinking at least eight 8-oz. glasses of
kidney-flushing water a day. To fight diabetes and hypertension, eat a diet low in calories, fat and sodium and high in fiber, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Since alcohol can wreak havoc on blood pressure, men shouldn’t exceed two drinks daily and women shouldn’t surpass one.

Stay Active
Regular exercise is an essential prevention tool. Take a brisk walk, go running or even dance for at least 30 minutes a day.

Sources: The National Kidney Foundation; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



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