Test your kidney knowledge

Do you know what you don’t know about your kidneys and kidney disease? Empower yourself and get the facts about kidney disease — how to prevent it, how to treat it, and more — when you answer the following 6 simple questions.

This quiz is purely informational and should not take the place of consultation with your physician or any medical diagnosis.

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Question 1 What do your kidneys do?

To learn how to prevent kidney disease or slow its progression, visit KidneyFund.org/knowyourkidneys

Question 2 What can cause kidney disease?

In most cases, kidney disease is caused by other health problems that have done permanent damage (harm) to your kidneys over time. Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney disease. High blood pressure is the second most common cause. Other problems that can cause kidney disease include: autoimmune diseases, genetic diseases (diseases you are born with), nephrotic syndrome, and urinary tract problems.

Question 3 Is kidney failure preventable?

Living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent kidney disease or help keep it under control. Also, 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.

To help lower your risk for kidney disease and provide information about the problems that cause it, the American Kidney Fund offers free kidney health screenings, nutrition and fitness presentations and public education materials. Find a screening near you and learn more about preventing kidney failure at KidneyFund.org.

Question 4 Who is at risk for chronic kidney disease or kidney failure?

Kidney disease is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. Both of these health problems can cause permanent damage to your kidneys which is called chronic kidney disease (CKD). Other common risk factors include: heart disease, having a family member who has/had kidney disease, being African American, Asian American, Native American or Hispanic, or being over the age of 60.
Visit KidneyFund.org/knowyourkidneys for tips on how to prevent kidney disease or how to keep kidney damage from getting worse.

Question 5 How many people in the United States are living with kidney disease?

37 million Americans are living with kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund's vision is a world without kidney disease. Until that day comes, we believe every kidney patient should have access to health care, and every person at risk for kidney disease should be empowered to prevent it.

There are many ways you can help make a difference — from gifts of support to promoting kidney disease awareness in your community to joining our online fundraising community, KidneyNation! Learn more at KidneyFund.org.

Question 6 Are there things a person can do to keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse?

Although existing damage to kidneys cannot be fixed, you can take steps to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible for as long as possible. You may even be able to stop the damage from getting worse.

The American Kidney Fund recommends a healthy lifestyle that includes: controlling your blood sugar if you have diabetes, keeping a healthy blood pressure, eating foods low in salt and saturated and trans fat, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking or using tobacco, limiting alcohol intake, and talking to your doctor about medicines that can help protect your kidneys.