Your kidneys are important to all aspects of normal bodily functions. Not only do they filter toxins from the blood that we all produce as a result of normal daily metabolism but they regulate fluid and salt balance to keep your blood pressure at safe levels an keep you from developing fluid overload or heart failure. These amazing organs also produce hormones that allow you to produce just the right blood count to avoid anemia and to keep your bones strong to avoid fractures as well as keeping your blood vessel healthy which promotes normal heart function. To keep your kidneys healthy, avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Motrin, ibuprofen or Aleve. Get regular check ups to make sure you have normal blood pressure or if diagnosed with high blood pressure, take all medicines as prescribed, eat a heart healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, avoid processed foods, limit your salt intake and exercise regularly to help maintain a healthy weight or to lose weight to a healthy goal. If you’re diabetic get yearly urine tests, control your blood sugar and ask questions of your physician. Be engaged and be an advocate for yourself. You have no better defender of you than you!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that you wash your hands regularly with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds, use alcohol based gels that keep you hands clean and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Try to avoid situations in which you are close to others for prolonged periods of time particularly those with symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you’re sick, stay home. Until the cases of COVID-19 start to decrease, if you are one that is considered high risk (age > 65, chronic immune deficiency or chronic heart, lung, kidney disease, hypertension or diabetes) follow government guidelines about social distancing and staying home as much as possible and wear masks when you have to go out.
San Antonio Kidney is proud to serve the San Antonio community and surrounding areas by providing you and your family comprehensive, compassionate and individualized care. From cutting-edge hospital treatments and kidney transplant procedures to outpatient dialysis, the team members at San Antonio Kidney are experts in their field. If you would like more information about kidney health, please contact us or request an appointment at 210.888.2333.