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Love Kidneys

Are you at risk
for kidney disease?

Take the Love Kidneys Quiz and Do the Kidney Two-Step

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Do you have diabetes?

Response

Anyone with diabetes should be tested for kidney disease.

Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure. Diabetes damages blood vessels in your kidneys. This causes waste and extra fluid to build up in your body, leading to kidney failure.

Response

That's great!

Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure. Diabetes damages blood vessels in your kidneys. This causes waste and extra fluid to build up in your body, leading to kidney failure.

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Do you have high blood pressure?

Response

Anyone with high blood pressure should be tested for kidney disease.

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD). High blood pressure can damage blood vessels throughout your body. If the blood vessels in your kidneys are damaged, they will stop removing waste and extra fluid from your body, which can cause your blood pressure to rise. This is a dangerous cycle.

Response

Good! Healthy blood pressure is important.

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD). High blood pressure can damage blood vessels throughout your body. If the blood vessels in your kidneys are damaged, they will stop removing waste and extra fluid from your body, which can cause your blood pressure to rise. This is a dangerous cycle.

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Do you have heart disease?

Response

Anyone who has a history of heart disease should be tested for kidney disease – and vice versa.

There is a strong connection between kidney disease and heart disease. People with heart disease are at higher risk for kidney disease and people with kidney disease are at higher risk for heart disease.

Response

That’s good news! Watch your diet and exercise to keep your heart healthy.

There is a strong connection between kidney disease and heart disease. People with heart disease are at higher risk for kidney disease and people with kidney disease are at higher risk for heart disease.

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Does anyone in your family have kidney disease?

Response

Kidney disease tends to run in families. Anyone with one or more family members who has kidney disease, is on dialysis, or has had a kidney transplant is at higher risk for kidney disease and should be tested.

Response

That’s good news!

Kidney disease tends to run in families. Anyone with one or more family members who has kidney disease, is on dialysis, or has had a kidney transplant is at higher risk for kidney disease and should be tested.

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Are you age 60 or older?

Response

The risk of getting kidney disease increases with age. Anyone over age 60 should be tested for kidney disease.

Response

The risk of getting kidney disease increases with age. Anyone over age 60 should be tested for kidney disease.

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Are you African American?

Response

African Americans are almost four times as likely as Whites to develop kidney failure. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure among African Americans.

Response

African Americans are almost four times as likely as Whites to develop kidney failure. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure among African Americans.

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Are you Hispanic?

Response

Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanics to develop kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among Hispanics.

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Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanics to develop kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among Hispanics.

Results:

Response

You have indicated that you have one or more risk factors for kidney disease. Kidney disease often has no signs or symptoms, so don’t wait to talk to your doctor about getting tested. It’s important to find out early if you have it, because it can be treated and managed. Ask your doctor for two simple tests to check your kidneys.

Response

Your responses indicate that you may not have any of these risk factors for kidney disease now. Keep in mind the risk factors and take the quiz again in one year. In the meantime, stay healthy and prevent kidney disease. Here’s are some important steps you steps you can take:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Stay active and exercise regularly.
  • Avoid eating foods high in salt and saturated fat.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
  • Maintain a blood pressure of 130/80 mmHg or less.
  • Control your blood glucose levels.
  • If you need to take aspirin, ibuprofen or other medicines, do not take more than directed.
  • Maintain a positive outlook!