March is Kidney Awareness Month

Kidney disease is a major public health concern and often goes undetected by standard lab work until it is very advanced. People who have diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or obesity have an increased risk of developing kidney disease. If you have a diagnosis of kidney disease, current recommendations to prevent worsening kidney function include maintaining a healthy blood pressure (systolic less than 140 mmHg), keeping tight control of your blood sugars, and limiting your salt intake (less than 2000 mg per day). In addition to those recommendations mentioned previously, one should also avoid NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Advil, naproxen) and limit your protein intake. If you suspect that you or your loved one might be at risk for developing kidney disease, please reach out to your primary care provider and discuss your concerns.