Get Tested for Chronic Kidney Disease
Could This Be You?
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Family history of CKD
Your Mileage May Vary
Find it Early, Treat it Early
- Keep your blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg (or the target your doctor establishes for you).
- If you have diabetes, stay in your target blood sugar range as much as possible.
- Get active—physical activity helps manage blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Lose weight if you’re overweight.
- Get tested for CKD regularly if you’re at risk.
- If you have CKD, meet with a dietitian to create a kidney-healthy eating plan. The plan may need to change as you get older or if your health status changes.
- Take medications as instructed, and ask your doctor about blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors and ARBs, which may protect your kidneys in addition to lowering blood pressure.
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking can worsen kidney disease and interfere with medication that lowers blood pressure.
- If you have diabetes, include a kidney doctor (nephrologist) on your health care team.
Prediabetes and CKD Prevention
- CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation
- Healthy Kidneys [podcast – 4:05]
- Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative
- National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet[1.32 MB]
- Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System
- Take Care of Your Kidneys and They Will Take Care of You
- Diabetes Features & Spotlights
- CDC Diabetes on Facebook
- @CDCDiabetes on Twitter