Preventing Kidney Disease

Get moving! Being proactive about your health is the best way to prevent kidney disease, particularly if you belong to a high-risk group.

Eat well and be active

Eating a balanced diet helps your kidneys function efficiently. Reducing your salt intake also can help you avoid developing chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure.

Exercise is key to your health. If you’re overweight, exercise is a great way to burn fat, and it helps condition one of the most important muscles in your body, the heart. 


Monitor your medications

Take your medications as prescribed. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns or side effects.

Avoid regularly taking pain/anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve, Motrin). Long term use of these drugs can contribute to kidney disease.

Talk with your doctor about any vitamins and supplements you are taking.

Your kidney health is in your hands

Follow prescribed treatments to control diabetes and/or high blood pressure

Lose extra weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise

Limit the alcohol you consume

Avoid all illegal drugs 

Don’t overuse prescription and over-the-counter medicines

Eat less salt, protein and fat

Know your family health history and get regular checkups

Stay on top of your kidney health

Find out if you’re at risk

Read more about chronic kidney disease