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National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month, a time when communities across the country raise awareness about kidney disease. This year, the focus is on the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease. If your patient has high blood pressure, they are at risk for chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and death.

The good news? You can help your patients protect their kidneys by managing high blood pressure with these 6 healthy lifestyle habits:

  • Take medications as prescribed. You may prescribe blood pressure-lowering medications that are effective in slowing the development of kidney disease

  • Aim for a healthy weight. If your patient is overweight or obese, losing even a small amount of weight can improve blood pressure readings

  • Select healthier food and beverage options. Focus on fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, and other heart-healthy foods

  • Try to quit smoking. If your patient smokes, offer steps to quit

  • Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 or 8 hours of sleep per night

  • Manage stress and make physical activity part of your routine. Consider healthy stress-reducing activities and get at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity each day