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.