It is estimated that 26-million American adults suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to the National Kidney Foundation. Unfortunately that number is likely to rise unless Americans get serious about prevention. While most Americans don’t give their kidneys a second thought, it is important to remember how vital kidney health is to your well being.
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.
- Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the country.
- More than 30 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.
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t overuse over-the-counter painkillers or NSAIDs
- Control weight
- Get an annual physical
- Follow a healthful diet
- Know your family’s medical history
- Monitor blood pressure & cholesterol
- Learn about kidney disease
- Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol
If you suspect you are having problems with your kidneys it is important to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider. Come prepared with a list of questions to ask, along with any current medications you are taking and symptoms you are having.
Dr. Ibrahim is excited to bring his experience to Bond Clinic! Visit us today www.bondclinic.com or to make an appointment with Dr. Ibrahim call 863-293-1191 ext. 4076, we look forward to delivering high-quality health care in a compassionate, ethical and efficient manner.