Take the Pressure Off: Your Kidneys and Your Health

If you have high blood pressure, you’re at risk for chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and death. The good news is that you can help protect your kidneys by managing high blood pressure with 6 healthy lifestyle habits.

Learn more about the link between high blood pressure and kidney health: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/community-health-outreach/national-kidney-month

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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.

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