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Kidney Health Check

Find out what’s involved with a Kidney Health Check, as well as how often you should get one, and how accurate they are.

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Taking control of your kidney health

The only way to know whether you have any stage of kidney disease is to undertake a Kidney Health Check with a doctor. Going for checks regularly is key to early detection; this empowers you to slow the progression of end-stage kidney disease if you are diagnosed. This can also make a huge difference to living your life to the fullest with kidney disease.

How to check your kidneys

A Kidney Health Check involves three straightforward tests:

  1. a blood test – to see how well your kidneys are filtering your blood
  2. a urine test – to check for albumin (a type of protein) or blood in your urine
  3. a blood pressure test – because high blood pressure and kidney disease are related.
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Understanding Kidney Health Checks

If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, it’s wise to get a Kidney Health Check as soon as you can. You should repeat this check every year.

If you have any other risk factors (for example, you’re a smoker or have a history of kidney disease in your family), you should also get a Kidney Health Check but repeat the check every two years.

If you do not have any risk factors for kidney disease, there’s no need for you to undertake a Kidney Health Check – unless your doctor wants to conduct a test for other reasons.

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