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Mina Patel-Chamberlin, MD, a physician at The Kidney and Hypertension Center (KHC), made an appearance on News Channel 12 WKRC in Cincinnati, Ohio, in honor of National Kidney Month in March.

During the show, Dr. Patel-Chamberlin was interviewed by WKRC health reporter Liz Bonis about the importance of kidney health and what people can do to keep their kidneys healthy and functioning properly. KHC is excited to have had one of our physicians featured on such a major news station in the Cincinnati area.

What’s Happening in Health With Liz Bonis

“What’s Happening in Health” airs every Sunday morning on News Channel 12 WKRC. In case you missed Dr. Patel-Chamberlin’s appearance on the show, you can watch it by clicking here. During the segment, Dr. Patel-Chamberlin discussed the following topics:

How Diet Affects Your Kidney Health

The leading causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, which may be controlled through diet and lifestyle changes. One of the ways that Dr. Patel-Chamberlin suggests to reduce your risk for developing kidney disease is to focus on eating a healthy diet. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and reducing your intake of sodium and animal protein, may help keep your kidneys healthy.

Unfortunately, many of us do not get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Only about 1 in 10 adults get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Switching to a more plant-based diet may reduce your risk of developing kidney disease.

Keeping Your Blood Pressure Under Control

As mentioned earlier, high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of kidney disease. Keeping your blood pressure under control is essential for preserving kidney function. According to Dr. Patel-Chamberlin, normal blood pressure should be around 120/80 mmHg. However, each person’s blood pressure varies and may fluctuate throughout the day. Talk to your physician about what your ideal blood pressure should be.

Beyond making changes to your diet, there are other ways to keep your blood pressure under control. For example, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting your alcohol intake may help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.

The Importance of Kidney Screenings

Regular kidney screenings are key in treating kidney disease, especially in its early stages. By receiving treatment early on, you may slow the progression of kidney disease and avoid some of the more severe complications.

Did you know kidney disease affects about 37 million Americans, and approximately 90% of those with kidney disease don’t even know they have it? With 1 in 3 American adults at risk for developing kidney disease, regular screenings are essential.

Making Small Lifestyle Changes for Big Kidney Health Benefits

By making small changes to our diets and lifestyles, we may make a significant impact on our kidney health. Kidney disease is a serious condition, but it may be preventable by taking some simple steps to keep our kidneys healthy. By adhering to the tips provided by Dr. Patel-Chamberlin on News Channel 12, you may improve your kidney health and reduce your risk of developing kidney disease.

Make Kidney Health a Priority with The Kidney and Hypertension Center

In addition to following a healthy diet and lifestyle, seeing a kidney specialist is crucial if you’re at risk for developing kidney disease. The Kidney and Hypertension Center is a leading provider of kidney care and offers a full range of services to diagnose and treat conditions of the kidney.

From screenings and education to treatment and surgery, The Kidney and Hypertension Center is committed to providing comprehensive care for all patients. Schedule an appointment with The Kidney and Hypertension Center today to take the first step in protecting your kidney health.

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