Kidney Disease

Frequently Asked Questions

6. How can I keep my kidneys healthy?

You can keep your kidneys healthy longer by taking steps to control your diabetes and high blood pressure. Manage your diabetes and high blood pressure by

  • eating heart healthy foods: fresh fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods
  • cutting back on salt
  • limiting your alcohol intake
  • being more physically active
  • losing weight if you are overweight
  • taking your medicines the way your provider tells you to
  • keeping your cholesterol levels in the target range
  • taking steps to quit, if you smoke, and
  • seeing your doctor regularly.