Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease
You are more likely to develop kidney disease if you have
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- a family history of kidney failure
What can I do to keep my kidneys healthy?
You can protect your kidneys by preventing or managing health conditions that cause kidney damage, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The steps described below may help keep your whole body healthy, including your kidneys.
During your next medical visit, you may want to ask your health care provider about your kidney health. Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms, so getting tested may be the only way to know your kidneys are healthy. Your health care provider will help decide how often you should be tested.
See a provider right away if you develop a urinary tract infection (UTI), which can cause kidney damage if left untreated.
Make healthy food choices
Make physical activity part of your routine
Aim for a healthy weight
Get enough sleep
Limit alcohol intake
Explore stress-reducing activities
Manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease