Top 5 Most Important Kidney Health Numbers

If you've gone for your annual physical recently, you're staring at a report that may as well have been written in a foreign language. Which numbers are especially important in predicting kidney health—and what's in the normal range?

  1. Estimated GFR number – Measures kidney function, over 60 is normal, under 60, talk to your doctor. GFR, or glomerular filtration rate, tells you how well your kidneys are doing their job of filtering the blood. More info on this test here

  2. Blood Pressure Reading --High blood pressure leads to kidney disease. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. If the upper number is over 140 and the lower number is above 90, your blood pressure is too high.

  3. Albumin to Creatinine Ratio - Estimates the amount of protein found in your urine in a day. Protein in the urine is one of the earliest signs of kidney disease. Less than 30 is normal, over 30, talk to your doctor.

  4. Total Cholesterol –Over 200, you may be at risk for heart disease.

  5. Blood Glucose Check: Checks for diabetes, the leading cause of kidney failure. While fasting: over 125  and after eating: over 200 indicates diabetes.

You can get all these tests and more at a free screening through the  National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP).  Click here for local event schedules and information.