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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

For People with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure:
Get Checked for Kidney Disease

Make the Kidney Connection

Why should I be checked for kidney disease?

Diabetes and high blood pressure can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney disease. You need to get checked for kidney disease if you have one of these conditions. Here are some other reasons to get checked:

Diabetes and high blood pressure are not the only risk factors for kidney disease. You also should be checked if you have:

You have two kidneys located near the center of your back. Their main job is to filter waste and extra water from the blood and make urine.  When the kidneys are damaged, waste can build up in the body.

You have two kidneys located near the middle of your back, just under your rib cage. Their main job is to filter wastes and extra water from the blood to make urine. Wastes can build up in the body when the kidneys are damaged.

How will I be checked for kidney disease?

Two tests are used to check for kidney disease.

Steps you can take to keep your kidneys healthy

1. Manage your diabetes and keep your blood pressure at the level set by your health care provider. That means eating healthy and cutting back on salt. It also means being active and taking medicines as prescribed.

2. Get checked for kidney disease. The sooner you know you have kidney disease, the sooner it can be treated.

At your next health care visit, make sure you learn:

For more information

National Kidney and Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse
Toll free at 1-866-4 KIDNEY
(1-866-454-3639)
www.nkdep.nih.gov

Make the Kidney Connection
www.facebook.com/makethekidneyconnection

National Diabetes Education Program
1-800-891-5390
www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov

National Diabetes Education Program
Toll free at 1-888-693-6337
www.ndep.nih.gov

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Health Information Center 1-301-592-8573
www.nhlbi.nih.gov

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Page last updated: August 6, 2014