Know your numbers!
Kidney disease often has no symptoms until it is very far along, so it's important to get tested as part of your regular check-ups. This is very important for people who have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease.
You can keep track of all your important kidney health numbers with the free Kidney Health Tracker from the American Kidney Fund. This handy card gives basic information about the risks and tests for kidney disease. It also lets you write down and compare your test results to the normal results for several common blood tests.
Bring it to your next doctor's appointment. Ask your doctor about tests to check your kidneys, and know your numbers!