Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease

Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease

You are more likely to develop kidney disease if you have

  • diabetes
  • 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.

  1. Make healthy food choices

  2. Make physical activity part of your routine

  3. Aim for a healthy weight

  4. Get enough sleep

  5. Stop smoking

  6. Limit alcohol intake

  7. Explore stress-reducing activities

  8. Manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease