We talk a lot about gifts and how to structure your gifts for maximum benefit. But one of the best gifts we can give ourselves is knowledge to stay healthy. Aging gracefully also preserves our savings and financial resources for our later years and for our heirs.
Many nonprofit organizations offer public information about your health and lifestyle that can benefit you and your family. National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii offers important information about kidney disease at www.kidneyhi.org. Most people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have no symptoms until the disease is advanced, so wise practices include regular exercise, a low salt diet, weight control, monitoring blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, not smoking, drinking moderately, avoiding NSAID pain medication and getting an annual physical.
Primary risk factors for CKD include diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, a family history of kidney failure and age over 60. Secondary risk factors include obesity, autoimmune diseases and urinary tract infections.
The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii also schedules free screenings throughout the year. Just call to find out exact dates and times.
Knowledge keeps us healthy. As healthy givers, we are able to support our families, our favorite charities, and leave a legacy too