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

Yes, in most cases, kidney disease can be prevented. The most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. Working with your doctor to prevent these problems, or manage them if you have them, can help prevent kidney disease.

If you already have chronic kidney disease (CKD), meaning your kidneys are damaged and can’t work as well as they should, you may still be able to prevent kidney failure, which is when your kidneys don’t work at all. Following a kidney-friendly diet, being active each day, and understanding your risk factors can help you prevent kidney failure.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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Live healthy!

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.

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