Take the Pressure Off: Your Kidneys and Your Health

Take the Pressure Off: Your Kidneys and Your Health


Take the pressure off: your kidneys and your
health. High blood pressure is the 2nd leading cause
of kidney failure after diabetes. If you have high blood pressure, you’re
at risk for chronic kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure. Kidney disease also increases your chances
of stroke, heart attack, and death. Early-stage kidney disease usually has no
symptoms. The good news is healthy lifestyle habits
that help you manage high blood pressure also help protect your kidneys. Take medications as prescribed. Aim for a healthy weight. Select healthier foods and beverages. Quit smoking. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep. Reduce stress and make physical activity part
of your routine. For more information about the link between
high blood pressure and kidney health, visit niddk.nih.gov.