A study conducted by the National Kidney Foundation showed that more than half of the people surveyed are “kidney clueless.”
Yet, in our current society burdened with obesity, stress, processed foods, chemicals, and industrialization, 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for developing kidney disease and 1 in 9 American adults may already have kidney disease and not know it. Awareness and education are often overlooked as simple interventions that help maintain the health of our kidneys. Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.
Damage to the kidneys can be reduced by partaking in consistent, moderate exercise, managing stress, eating a wholesome diet, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, coffee, teas, and sodas, living drug-free, staying hydrated, getting a good night’s sleep, and managing chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
At the Texas Kidney Center, we believe that health rests on a tripod whose legs are made up of nutritious diet, gentle exercise, and psychological well-being. All three legs must be equally weighted in order to achieve wellness. If one is set off balance, the tripod becomes unstable, health falters, and dis-ease ensues. No matter what the cause of kidney disease is, attention to the trifecta of diet, exercise, and psyche can support the weight of wellness.