You need your kidneys to live, just like you need your heart, lungs and liver. Learn more about what your kidneys do, what makes you more likely to have kidney disease and what tests you should have to check your kidney health. Understanding what causes kidney disease and taking steps to live healthier can help prevent kidney disease. If you have kidney disease, finding out early that your kidneys are not working as well as they should can give you the chance to prevent kidney failure.
About your kidneys
Your kidneys do many jobs to keep your body working the way it should. You may know that they clean your blood, but did you know that they also help control your blood pressure and help keep your bones healthy? Learn more about your kidneys.
Tests for kidney health
Simple tests can tell your doctor how well your kidneys are working and if you might be at risk for kidney disease. Ask your doctor if you should have these tests and how you can keep your kidneys healthy! Learn more about tests for kidney health..
Free kidney health screenings
You can attend one of our free kidney health screenings in select cities to find out how well your kidneys are working and if you might be at risk for kidney disease. We can also help you or your organization host your own screening event! Learn more about free kidney health screenings.
Are you at risk?
Anyone can get kidney disease, but some people are more at risk than others. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of kidney disease. Having a family history of kidney disease, being over age 60 and being of a certain race or ethnicity can also increase your risk for kidney disease. Find out if you are at risk for kidney disease.
Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in helping to prevent kidney disease. Many of the same changes that help control diabetes and high blood pressure can also help prevent kidney disease or keep it from quickly getting worse. Learn more about preventing kidney disease by living healthy.