Ask the Doctor
Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
On August 1, 2013, the American Journal of Kidney Diseases published a report indicating that the lifetime risk of moderate kidney disease in Americans is 59.1 percent. Several groups are known to be at especially high risk for kidney disease.
Based on the publication and the existing medical literature, the National Kidney Foundation now recommends annual screening with a simple urine albumin test that checks for protein in the urine, in specific high-risk groups. These include adults with:
The NKF recommends that screenings be conducted as a part of an annual physical examination that should also include a blood test for kidney function.