Each month our clients receive a nutrition education handout in addition to their meal. The goal of these handouts is to improve your nutrition knowledge and empower you to make the best dietary choices for yourself. It's important for everyone to have healthy eating habits and make sure they havet he correct dietary facts about essential nutrients. The information clients received this month is included below.
Renal Health and Conditions.
- Removing excess water from your body
- Producing hormones that regulate blood pressure
- Filtering and/or circulating different metabolites
- Control the production of red blood cells
- Maintaining bone health
Your kidneys are excellent at filtering out waste and excess fluid. The kidneys act as filters for the body through millions of nephron cells. On average, 200 quarts of fluid is processed through the kidneys each day and about 2 quarts is removed as urine that is stored in the bladderuntil you are ready to use the restroom. The removal of excess fluid helps maintain a healthy blood pressure.
The lab tests that help you stay on top of your kidney health are:
- Albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR): your urine is tested for albumin, which is not normally urine, and if present this indicates that your idneys are not filtering blood well. Albumin is type of protein that is normally present in the blood and should remain there. 3 positive tests in 3 months is a sign of kidney disease.
- Glomerular filtration rate (GFR): is a blood test that measures creatinine, a muscle waste product, in your blood. Healthy kidneys will have a GFR higher than 90.
In the United States, the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are high blood pressure and diabetes. 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for CKD, seniors are at higher risk, and the gradual loss of kidney function happens in stages. Early detection is best.
Signs and symptoms of CKD are:
- High blood pressure
- Poor appetite
- Swelling in lower extremities
- Trouble sleeping
- Dry, itchy skin
To keep your kidneys happy maintain a healthy diet that is low in sodium with good blood glucose control. Visit your doctor regularly, take medications as prescribed, and follow directives from your medical professionals.
Salud y Enfermedades de los Riñones.
- Eliminar el exceso liquido del cuerpo
- Producir hormonas que regulan la presión arterial
- Filtrar y circular diferentes metabolitos
- Controlar la producción de glóbulos rojos
- Mantener la salud ósea
- Albúmina a creatinina (ACR) analiza la orina para medir albúmina, que normalmente no se encuentra en la orina y si está presente indica que los riñones no filtran bien la sangre. La albúmina es un tipo de proteína que normalmente está presente en la sangre y debe permanecer allí. 3 pruebas positivas en 3 meses es un signo de enfermedad renal
- Tasa de filtración glomerular (GFR) analiza la sangre y mide la creatinina, un producto de desecho muscular, en la sangre. Los riñones sanos tendrán un GFR superior a 90.
- Picazón en la piel
- Problemas durmiendo
- Poco apetito
Please call 210.735.5115 for more information.