5. Maintain a Healthy BMI
Why do you need a healthy body mass index to prevent kidney damage? Having a healthy body weight means you will not have an excess of fat in the body. Human beings need some body fat their body for energy and heat insulation; however, risk factors for health problems arise when someone has too much body fat. This is why people who are considered obese or overweight experience a high risk for kidney disease as well as other serious health conditions. Appropriately 70% of Americans over the age of 20 have been labeled overweight which means the majority of adult Americans have a higher risk for kidney disease.
Where you carry your excess weight matters. If you are an apple shaped person and carry your weight around the stomach your risk is higher than a pear shaped person’s risk that carries their weight around the hips. As you waist size grows so does your risk for kidney disease. Your risk for kidney disease increases being overweight because overweight people are more likely to develop high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Two key factors in the development of kidney failure and disease.
Changing the above 5 habits will ensure you are healthier overall and you have less chance of experiencing kidney damage.