All About Kidney Problems


How to know if you have a kidney problem?

  • ask your doctor to test your blood and urine
  • get tested more often if your test shows protein in your urine or you have been diagnosed to have a kidney disease
  • it is recommended to get tested yearly
  • if the doctor finds protein (albumin) in your urine, it may be a sign of kidney disease

What is the best way to keep your kidneys healthy?

  • monitor your blood pressure regularly
  • keep your blood sugar level under control
  • stay in your target cholesterol range
  • keep your weight in check
  • eat foods that are low in sodium (salt)
  • eat more fruits and vegetables
  • maintain a healthy fluid intake
  • don’t smoke
  • stay active
  • take your medications as directed

Who is more likely to develop kidney disease?

People with diabetes and high blood pressure have a higher risk of accumulating kidney disease. Other problems that put you at greater chance of kidney disease include: heart disease, obesity (being overweight), and a family history of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Kidney infections and a physical injury can also cause kidney disease.

Source:
AVEGA Medical Bulletin
AVEGA Managed Care, Inc.

All About Kidney Problems

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