Deter kidney disease

Diabetes TipDiabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney failure. Controlling high blood pressure and keeping glucose levels well-managed is one way to help promote good renal health.

Early diagnosis of kidney disease is important. Know the signs:

• Increased or decreased urination.
• Blood in urine.

• Flank pain (i.e., pain that radiates from the side to the lower back).
• Puffiness or swelling of the extremities (legs, feet, arms, hands) or face.
• Excessively itchy skin.
• Unexplained fatigue.
• Shortness of breath.
• Unexplained feelings of being cold.
• Nausea and vomiting.
• Difficulty concentrating.
• Unexplained weight loss.
• Decreased appetite.

Take the quiz to find our more about your kidneys.

Then, talk to your healthcare provider about your kidney disease risk.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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