Health Tip: Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

(HealthDay News) -- A healthy lifestyle can help protect your kidneys and keep them strong.

The National Kidney Disease Education Program offers these suggestions:

  • Keep blood pressure and cholesterol within normal ranges.

  • Make sure diabetes is well-controlled.

  • Take medications exactly as directed by your doctor.

  • Reduce sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams per day.

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains

  • Restrict alcohol consumption and don't smoke.

  • Lose any excess weight and get plenty of regular exercise.

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