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Kidney disease prevention

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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. Risk factors include: a family history of kidney disease; existing diabetes, a heart condition or high blood pressure; and being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

If you have diabetes, it’s very important to keep your blood sugar level under control. You should also have your doctor check your blood pressure regularly, as well as your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and make sure that any urinary tract infections (UTIs) are treated straight away.

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Last reviewed: January 2019

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