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Be kind to your kidneys! Find out how to treat your kidneys right.

Be kind to your kidneys! Find out how to treat your kidneys right.

It's easy for a doctor to check you for kidney disease. You can even have the tests free and talk privately with a volunteer doctor, Saturday, May 7. Visit to learn how.

by Jane Pryor, Northwest Kidney Centers

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 7:12 AM

Your kidneys are important. These vital organs balance chemicals in your body, keeping what you need and removing what you don’t. When your kidneys fail, you need dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive. One in seven adult Americans has chronic kidney disease and because the symptoms are subtle, most don’t even know they have it.

Are you at risk for kidney disease?
Chronic kidney disease has five stages. Once you reach stage five, you need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Your kidneys could fail for a variety of reasons. You are at increased risk for chronic kidney disease if you:
• Have diabetes
• Have high blood pressure
• Are African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American or a Pacific Islander
• Are over age 60
• Have heart or blood vessel disease
• Have a family member with kidney disease

If any of those descriptions fit you, ask your doctor for three simple tests to check for kidney disease: a blood pressure check plus analyzing blood and urine samples.

Be kind to your kidneys!
Keep your kidneys kicking by following these tips:
• Control high blood pressure.
• Control diabetes.
• Stop smoking.
• Lose weight if you need to.
• Eat a healthy, low-salt diet. Remember fast food and processed foods are loaded with invisible salt, so go way easy on them.
• Exercise for at least 30 minutes, five days per week.
• Limit alcohol.
• Don’t overuse over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Aleve, naproxen, ibuprofen.

Join us as we highlight kidney disease and raise funds for our patients
Kidney disease affects many people in our community and across the nation – more than 100,000 people in the United States alone will start dialysis treatment this year. Help us raise awareness of this disease. Visit to register for the May 19 Breakfast of Hope. Questions? Contact Wendy Stauff at or 206-720-8585.