With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone’s talking about the happy, healthy pairings that make life sweeter. So we decided it was a great time to remind you of another dynamic duo that works hard to keep you happy and healthy for life: your kidneys and heart.
Like peanut butter and jelly or Romeo and Juliet, your heart and kidneys make the perfect pair. It’s a long-term relationship that seems to suggest everything is better together.
In this partnership, the kidneys do all the cleaning. They remove extra water and waste from your blood. But then they depend on your heart to deliver the clean blood to the rest of your body. So without your heart, your kidneys wouldn't have the oxygen they needed to do their job. Without your kidneys, your heart wouldn't have the blood it needed to keep the show going. Simply put, your heart and kidneys can't live without each other.
Can My Kidney Health Effect My Heart Health?
Researchers are constantly working to better understand the close relationship between healthy kidneys and the heart. This helps medical experts learn more about the relationship between both kidney and heart disease, which can sometimes travel in pairs. From diabetes to high blood pressure, many risk factors for both diseases are shared between the two. So, working to keep your kidneys healthy also serves to keep your heart healthy, too!
How Can I Keep My Kidneys and Heart In Tip-Top Shape?
To continue our cheesy Valentine’s Day approach, let’s just say: You always want to look good for the one you love… even if the one you love is an organ. So help your kidneys and heart stay healthy and happy with one another by following these simple steps:
- Exercise regularly
- Stop smoking
- Lose weight if you are overweight
- Eat healthier
- Consume less fat
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Keep blood fats and blood sugar under control
What Can I Do If I Already Have Kidney Disease?
Don't panic. Although people with kidney disease or kidney failure are at a higher risk for developing heart disease, your doctor and dietician can identify ways to keep you healthy.
And if you’re part of a care coordination program, like Chronic Care Management, you’ll have someone advocating on your behalf to get you, your healthcare providers, family members, and caregivers on the same page about your health. Working as a team, these individuals will do everything possible to help you avoid heart disease and achieve optimum health so you can focus on the truly important pairings and relationships in your life.