Here’s a kidney health checklist for your next visit to your health care provider if you have any of the risk factors:  diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure or are over age 60

1.Request a simple urine test  A simple urine test to screen for albuminuria (protein in your urine), one of the earliest signs of kidney disease.  In a single urine specimen, less than 30 mg of albumin per gram of creatinine is normal, more than 30 mg is high,

 2. Obtain a copy of your most recent blood test results. Review your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose. Make sure you’ve had an Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) calculated. If not, ask about getting this blood test to determine how well your kidneys are working. he goal is for this number to be higher than 60. Less than 60 indicates kidney disease

3. Ask questions about healthy lifestyle recommendations. Does your healthcare provider have specific suggestions or goals for you?

 4. Find out if you’re taking any medications that could be harming your kidneys. 

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