One of the main public health concerns right now is CKD or Chronic Kidney Disease. One reason is CKD can advance virtually undetected until it is critical for a person to have a transplant or dialysis. However, when diagnosed early it’s growth can be slowed or even stalled completely. Two simple tests can diagnose CKD, a urine test and a blood test.
Currently there are over 90,000 individuals on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. While not everyone can donate a kidney to help, you can donate a car to the National Kidney Foundation and help support those with CKD, through our Donate-a-car program.
Six Ways To Protect Your Kidney Health:
1. Learn The Facts
When you understand the functions of your kidneys and how they help your body, you can also comprehend the problems that CKD can produce.
2. Evaluate Your Risk
There are four main risk factors for CKD and they include: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and having a history in your family of any of these. There are also some other additional risk factors that could affect your risk.
3. Recognize the Symptoms
CKD can go undetected in the beginning because there are no symptoms. This is why early testing is crucial. When symptoms do start to appear, the disease might be far advanced. Watch for these things:
- Weakness and fatigue
- Urine that is foamy
- Painful or difficult urination
- An increase in your thirst
- Eyes that are puffy
- Blood in your urine (pink or dark urine)
- Needing to urinate more often, particularly at night
- Swollen abdomen, hands, face, feet, and ankles
4. Get Yourself Tested
If you do have several of the risk factors of CKD, talk to your doctor about getting tested. Here are four life-saving tests to ask your doctor.
- Blood pressure.
- Protein in your urine
- Blood test for Creatinine in the blood
- Blood test to get your GFR, Glomerular Filtration Rate
5. Keep Yourself Healthy
Besides maintaining healthy habits like exercising, eating a balanced diet and so forth, people at high risk of CKD should work to keep their blood pressure and blood sugar at healthy levels. They should reduce their intake of salt, monitor their consumption of protein and avoid NSAID type of painkillers.
6. Keep Learning More
Many people have asked, “How do I donate my car to charity?”. Donate a car for kidney support and the proceeds go directly to life-saving services for kidney patients most at risk.