Take the Pressure Off | Your Kidneys and Your Health

1 in 5 adults in the U.S. with high blood pressure may have chronic kidney disease.March is National Kidney Month, a time when communities across the country raise awareness about kidney disease. This year, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is focusing on the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease.

The good news is that you can help protect your kidneys by managing high blood pressure with these 6 healthy lifestyle habits from the NIDDK:

  1. Take medications as prescribed.  Your doctor may prescribe blood pressure-lowering medications that are effective in slowing the development of kidney disease.
  2. Aim for a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, losing even a small amount of weight can improve blood pressure readings.
  3. Select healthier food and beverage options.  Focus on fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, and other heart-healthy foods.
  4. Try to quit smoking. If you smoke, take steps to quit.
  5. Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
  6. Manage stress and make physical activity part of your routine. Consider healthy stress-reducing activities and get at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity each day.

See more from NIDDK at https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/community-health-outreach/national-kidney-month