J.L. Clay Senior Center hosts lecture on kidney health


J.L. Clay Senior Center hosts lecture on kidney health

By MICHAEL ACKLEY

Williamson Medical Center in conjunction with the J.L. Clay Senior Citizens Center hosted a lecture on kidney health for members of the community at the senior center on Wednesday morning.

Williamson Medical Center in conjunction with the J.L. Clay Senior Citizens Center hosted a lecture on kidney health for members of the community at the senior center on Wednesday morning.

The guest lecturer was Dr. Jennifer Santana who specializes in a wide variety type of kidney diseases and ailments at the Franklin Kidney Clinic on Cool Springs Boulevard.

eA lot of people donet realize that it isnet the heart that is in charge of monitoring blood pressure, it is the kidneys,e Santana said. eEvery part of the body is made up of an organ system and the kidneys are the main players in the urinary tract. Much like a coffee filter, the kidneys work to filter the blood in order to retain what the body needs to function such as proteins.e

Santana also mentioned that urinary tract infections are far more common in women than in men and the risk for the UTIs increases as women age.

eWomen who have delivered children or are post-menopausal lose muscle strength it takes to empty all of the urine and older women lose the estrogen it takes to combat the buildup of bacteria,e she said.

Santana recommended older women taking estrogen pills to combat the risk of UTIs, as well as cranberry juice, though she admitted that there is not a lot of science as to whether cranberry juice is an effective way to prevent UTIs.

Santana described kidney disease as a esilent killer.e

ePeople can feel like they are fine and be oblivious to the fact they have kidney disease until ites too late,e she said.

Santana recommended going to see a doctor once a year to get a blood test to ensure that the kidneys are in good shape. For people afflicted with diabetes, she recommended seeing a physician twice a year.

Also, kidney stones can best prevented by drinking water. Santana recommended urinating two liters a day to prevent kidney stones.

eIn the summer, people often donet realize that they need to drink even more water than they would usually because of the heat,e she said.

Click here for more information about the J.L. Clay Senior Citizens Center. Click here to learn more about Santanaes work at the Franklin Kidney Clinic.

Michael Ackley covers the city of Franklin for Franklin Home Page. Contact him at michael@franklinhomepage.com.

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