AANP Talks Kidney Health

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American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
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For the past two years, Seana Rutherford has worked with Premier Physicians in Fairview Park, Ohio, as a nurse practitioner. In her daily work, she works in a primary care setting, providing numerous servants to patients. Active in her profession, Seana Rutherford learns about new issues affecting the nurse practitioner field as a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recently released a list of six things people can do to help promote healthier kidney function. The organization issues the recommendations in conjunction with National Kidney Month, which took place last March.

The first recommendation given by the involves water intake. Drinking enough water each day is important, but it’s also a good idea not to overdo it. Observe your urine to determine the right level of intake; it should be light yellow or clear.

Secondly, eating foods that are low in sodium and cholesterol also help because they reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure–both of which are some of the main conditions that lead to kidney disease. The organization’s third recommendation, adequate exercise, also addresses these concerns.

Since the kidneys serve as a filter for the body’s toxins, limiting intake of toxic substances such as smoke and alcohol can help lighten the organ’s load. The AANP also recommends researching family history to determine if you may be genetically predisposed to kidney disease. Lastly, the organization encourages regular kidney checkups to make sure the organ is functioning properly.