Who Can Develop Kidney Disease
Who is at risk for kidney disease?
Could you or someone you care about have chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Kidney disease affects 1 in 10 Indians. However, the awareness about its seriousness remains low, at only 7 percent of the total population. Hence, it is important to detect kidney disease risk factors early on, so that adequate treatment can be provided, and progression of End Stage Renal Disease can be mitigated. People with high blood pressure or diabetes are more prone to developing a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Risk factors include :
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Family history of kidney disease
- Overweight people (obesity)
- Age of 65 or older
Are you at risk for kidney disease?
Kidney disease can be found through lab tests or by symptoms. High blood levels of creatinine and urea nitrogen (BUN) or high levels of protein in your urine suggest kidney disease. Diabetics should have a yearly urine test for microalbumin, small amounts of protein that don't show up on standard urine protein test.
Do you know the causes of kidney disease and if you’re at risk? Take a 3-minute Kidney Disease Risk Quiz to see if you’re at risk for renal disease.
If you have signs of kidney disease, you should ask for a referral to a nephrologist, a specialist in treating kidney disease. A nephrologist will perform an evaluation then suggest medications or lifestyle changes to help slow the progression of kidney disease. To contact a nephrologist at DaVita you may call us at 9740426060 or fill the form below :