The following strategies can help keep acute kidney injury and other threats to your kidneys at bay. Common-sense steps that guard against heart disease, diabetes and other major health threats can protect your kidneys, too.
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit your intake of salty foods; consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- If you have high cholesterol or diabetes, take all medications as directed.
- Don't smoke.
- Get your blood pressure checked regularly. If you're prescribed blood pressure–lowering drugs, take them as instructed.
- Talk to your doctor about your use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve).
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
- See your doctor for routine physical exams.
Source: Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50