Thursday, March 12 is World Kidney Day, a date to remind us of the importance of the human body’s “cleaning machines.”
Kidney specialist Luis Alfonso Valderrama, from the Imbanaco Medical Center in Cali, explains that these are the urinary system’s main organs and that they are important for the filtration and elimination of waste, controlling blood pressure and obtaining different hormones. In addition, kidneys impact the production of vitamin D (which regulates calcium in the body) and erythropoietin, which is key in preventing anemia.
If you have unexplainable weight loss, weakness, or if your urine has changed color or looks foamy, the specialist recommends consulting with a doctor. These are symptoms that something may be happening to your kidneys, and consulting with a doctor can help prevent kidney disease.
Also, to promote your kidney health, remember to:
- Do regular exercise and try to have a balanced diet.
- Moderate your consumption of sugar, especially for diabetic patients.
- Monitor your blood pressure.
- Stay hydrated (with 2 liters of water per day).
- Avoid smoking.
- Consider risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and family background.
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