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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and most don't know it. Since kidney disease is often silent without any symptoms, it can sneak up on people, especially those who are not aware of the major risk factors. Anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney failure or these conditions is at risk and should get his or her kidneys checked out. March is National Kidney Month and March 10 is World Kidney Day, the ideal time to learn more and take action. Click here to find out about risk factors, prevention tips and free screenings in your area.
When it comes to dietary sodium, less is certainly best. Yet Americans today consume 50% more than the recommended daily quantity of only one teaspoon of salt per day. Diets high in sodium increase blood pressure levels. High blood pressure damages the kidneys over time, and is a leading cause of kidney failure. In recognition of National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day, the National Kidney Foundation offers the top 5 tips to reduce salt in your diet.
Many people diagnosed with chronic kidney disease do not know they have the disease, according to a new report published in the March issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation. "Because kidney disease may be silent, it's critically important that anyone at risk—those with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney failure—get their kidney function checked regularly," says Joseph Vassalotti, MD, National Kidney Foundation's Chief Medical Officer.
For as far back as she can remember, Dolores Bisagni has suffered from high blood pressure. "I think I've had it forever," she says. Somehow, the condition was treated, but never really under control until recently. Dolores says the kidney failure she now has is a direct result of uncontrolled hypertension. To read more about how Dolores manages her busy life at home, at work and on dialysis click here.
Tuna fish as a regular dietary staple has been linked to improved cardiovascular function, reduced depressive symptoms and even lower risk of obesity. This month, the Kidney Kitchen cooks up a simple, low-sodium lemon thyme tuna pasta salad that packs a whole lot of flavor and maintains all the health benefits of this popular fish.