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Home > Medical Services > Employee Assistance Program (EAP) > Employee Resources & Support > EAP Educational Articles > Signs of Kidney Disease & Tips for Prevention
Published on February 25, 2020
According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in three American adults isat risk for chronic kidney disease. Kidneys dilute waste and excess fluids from your body, and when they no longer function normally, dangerous levels of both can build up in your body.
However, because symptoms may not be noticeable, the gradual loss of kidney function is often difficult to detect in its early stages. So, in honor of National Kidney Month in March, here are some signs to look for and ways to promote healthy kidneys.
Located on either side of the lowest rib by the spine, kidneys are a vital part of your body’s regulation. The fist-size organs produce hormones, stimulate red blood cell production, remove waste and drugs from the body, balance your fluids, and produce vitamin D.
Although the first signs of kidney disease can go undetected if they are associated with other diseases and illnesses, there are some key symptoms to note, including:
Make an appointment with your primary care provider if you have any signs or symptoms of kidney disease. They may choose to monitor your blood pressure and kidney function with blood and urine tests.
Sometimes, factors that could increase your risk for chronic kidney disease – like diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and cardiovascular disease – can be managed with healthy habits. For example, staying physically fit, eating balanced meals, drinking plenty of water, avoiding smoking and maintaining annual physicals can all help reduce your risk of developing kidney disease.
Contact your primary care provider if you have any questions about chronic kidney disease. Need a primary care provider? Contact Find-A-Doc at (319) 369-4444 or complete our secure form.