Everything You Need to Know About Kidney Health
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- Manage diabetes and high blood pressure as much as possible. If you have diabetes, it’s important to control your blood sugar. Having high blood sugar can cause damage to your eyes, nerves, heart, blood vessels and kidneys over time.
- Limit your salt intake. Keep your sodium intake low: no more than 2,300 milligrams per day. You can do this by staying away from processed foods, like chips and cookies, and filling your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and tuna can also help keep your kidneys healthier.
- Quit smoking. Giving up your cigarette habit is a powerful way to lower your risk for kidney and heart disease. Smoking causes the hardening of the arteries and kidneys and is also a risk factor for high blood pressure (which can cause kidney disease). If you need help quitting, visit our tobacco cessation resource.