Just below your rib cage and on either side of your torso are two human organs that each resemble a bean. We’re talking, of course, about your kidneys, which play a vital role in maintaining your physical well-being. Yet even when these miracles of natural engineering work well, the litany of things we put them through can leave them vulnerable and at risk of affecting their function. In fact, any one of these 20 common habits may lead to kidney damage – so here’s what to avoid if at all possible.
20. Not keeping tabs on your blood pressure
Blood pressure measures the vital fluid’s exertion on the walls of blood vessels. And any subsequent reading is itself influenced by various factors – mainly the performance of the heart and the condition of the blood vessels themselves. All in all, then, some may find themselves with hypertension, or when the pressure level in the arteries exceeds that of medical authorities’ recommended guidelines.
But why does high blood pressure affect our kidneys? In simple terms, the organs use a high number of blood vessels in order to filter extra fluids and waste, meaning damaged vessels affect their ability to carry out that task. And kidney failure may then follow – especially over a prolonged period of living with high blood pressure.