10 Steps to Kidney Health

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious and growing public health problem, and yet many Americans remain unaware of its causes and consequences. Kidney disease can be silent, causing no symptoms for many years. Those with high blood pressure and diabetes -the leading causes of kidney disease -often are not aware of this link. With 30 million people now suffering from CKD, the National Kidney Foundation urges everyone to learn more about the disease and offers 10 Ways to Keep Kidneys Healthy, including learning more about your family's health history.


  • Control weight.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Follow a healthful diet.
  • Don't overuse NSAIDS or other OTC painkillers.
  • Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Monitor blood glucose.
  • Know if CKD, diabetes or heart disease runs in your family.
  • Talk to your doctor about being tested for CKD if you're at risk.
  • Get an annual physical exam.
The National Kidney Foundations urges all Americans to learn more about risk factors and get screened