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March is National Kidney month

Kidney disease still remains a very serious and sometimes preventable disease. High blood pressure, diabetes are just some of the things that if controlled can help prevent the long term effect of this disease. According to the American Kidney Fund, Anyone can get Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD. Here are some things that can increase your risk:

· Diabetes

· High blood pressure (hypertension)

· Heart disease

· Having a family member with kidney disease

· Being African-American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian

· Being over 60 years old

Some symptoms of kidney failure?

You may notice these things if you are developing problems with this:

· Itching

· Muscle cramps

· Nausea and vomiting

· Not feeling hungry

· Swelling in your feet, ankles or around eyes

· Too much urine (pee) or not enough urine

· Trouble catching your breath

· Trouble sleeping

· Foamy urine

· Blood in urine

Some people experience Acute Renal Failure or ARF , this is limited but can progress into Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD, which can progress into End stage renal disease or ESRD and dialysis

· Diarrhea

· Back pain

· Abdominal (belly) Pain

· Fever

· Nosebleeds

· Rash

· Vomiting

*****If you notice any of these symptoms it is time to talk to your doctor or PCP. Early intervention is imperative to healthy outcomes*****

Some Preventative Measures

· Follow a low-salt, low-fat diet

· Exercise at least 30 minutes on most days of the week

· Have regular check-ups with your doctor

· Do not smoke or use tobacco

· Limit alcohol

· Prevent Dehydration (at least 8 glasses of preferably water a day, unless contraindicated).

We at HHC Telehealth can help you determine your risk and treatment options, visit us today at

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