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Kidney disease prevention

There is plenty you can do to help keep your kidneys healthy and help prevent kidney disease.

What if I’m at ‘high risk’ for kidney disease?

If you have one or more of the risk factors for kidney disease, it’s particularly important to look after your kidney health and get your kidney function checked regularly. See what causes kidney disease?

For example, if you have diabetes, it’s very important to keep your blood sugar level under control. You should also have your doctor regularly check your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and your blood glucose level, and make sure any urinary tract infections are treated straight away.

Last reviewed: February 2017

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