On this occasion, let us all take a pledge to take small, simple steps to protect our kidneys. It really isn't that difficult. The trouble is it is really important. Here are some simple things you can do to protect your kidneys - Keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control: Diabetes and Hypertension are the leading causes of kidney disease. It is very important to keep these under control.
- Stay fit - do some exercise regularly. We tend to get so caught up in our work that we keep postponing this. Remember, all you need is 30 minutes. Can't we even pull out 30 minutes from our work for exercise? Especially if it going to give us many healthy years?
- Drink only moderately if you must. Never binge. Never overdo it.
- Don't smoke. No concessions here. There are absolutely no benefits. Only very disastrous consequences.
- Drink plenty of water - the elixir of life! I wish someone would tell me to do this. You can. So drink all you can!
- Don't self-medicate - Painkillers and antibiotics must be taken with extreme caution. This year's World Kidney Day focus is Acute Kidney Injury, one of the causes of which is this. They might give you relief but the long term consequences are dangerous.
- Get a medical check-up regularly - especially if you are at risk. Once a year, a complete medical check up can't be that big a problem, right?
We all get busy with work. But think about what can happen if you don't take this seriously. We live life like there is no tomorrow. Lightning can strike at any time. It struck me when I was 21. I had no control. You are lucky that you do. If you still do not choose to exercise it, it is really up to you!