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Learning From Nick Cannon’s Kidney Failure

By on January 4, 2012

Entertainer Nick Cannon had a bad, bad health scare during his holiday trip with with wife Mariah Carey and kids in  Aspen, Colorado.  How could such a young, seemingly healthy guy become hospitalized with “mild” kidney failure according to reports? As Nick is recovering like a king, there are some things all of us need to know about kidney disease.

Chronic kidney disease is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood well. This can cause waste to build up in the body and can lead to blood toxicity and other health problems, including heart disease and bone disease. Chronic kidney disease eventually can cause kidney failure if not treated.

By now we all know the risks but adults living with diabetes or high blood pressure are at an increased risk of chronic kidney disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 35% of adults with diabetes have chronic kidney disease. Poorly controlled diabetes and high blood pressure increase the risk that chronic kidney disease will eventually lead to kidney failure, which can only be treated by dialysis or a kidney transplant. Believe me, nobody wants to be rely on dialysis to stay alive. Be proactive and protect your health.

Keep your kidneys healthy by:

  • Managing your blood glucose (sugar) levels consistently 
  • Keeping blood pressure below 130/80 mm/hg
  • Consistently staying in your target cholesterol range
  • Eating less salt 
  • Eating healthier foods overall
  • Staying physically active

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