‘I Kidney Check’ how about you?

Are you drinking enough water?

Doesn’t everyone say that the moment you mention you have a headache??   Or is it just me?

In case you didn’t know, this week is Kidney Health Week and the theme is ‘I Kidney Check’.  It will focus on encouraging Australians to care about their own kidney health.

How often have you thought about your kidney health?  The surprising and perhaps unsettling part of diminished kidney function is that isn’t always obvious in the early stages – hence the reason you need to look after your own kidney health.

This is the perfect example of a ‘big picture’ health issue – it might not seem important today, but in the big scheme of things, it is!!  To make a difference to your kidney health, you have to know what puts you at risk and also a maintain a simple habit you can do each day to reduce your risk of kidney disease.

I think previously, I have talked about knowing your health risks and managing it – this is another of those times you need to do this!

What are the risks, I hear you say?  Just for you, I found these on http://www.kidney.org.au – do you have any of these?

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Have had a stroke
  • Family history of kidney failure
  • History of acute kidney injury
  • Obesity
  • Smoker
  • Over 60 years of age
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

If you answer yes to any of these, then you should get a regular kidney check.  Your GP can do this for you.

For more information – Kidney Health Australia have also published the Kidney Fast Facts here.

And the single simple habit you can do – Drink a good amount of water each day, without fail!

  • Are you drinking enough quality water each day?
  • Is water your preferred drink?
  • Do you know how much water is right for you?
  • Our body is amazing, it will tell you when its thirsty.  However, keeping in mind, thirst is a sign that you are already a little dehydrated (as is the headache I mentioned at the start).

There are certain times when we need more water than usual, these might be if

  • are exercising
  • are in a hot or humid climate
  • have a health condition such as a kidney stone (but note that some conditions such as being on dialysis mean that you have to drink less water)
  • are pregnant or breast-feeding

There you have it, a just a small reminder to consider your own kidney health this Kidney Health Week.

Perhaps you could start a conversation – ‘I Kidney Check’, how about you?

Featured Image Photo Credit: http://kidney.org.au