Kidney disease affects one in seven adults in the U.S. The number one cause of kidney disease is diabetes. Understanding this connection is the first step to helping avoid kidney problems. This information can help you improve your lifestyle to manage your health.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of CKD. Find helpful ways to lower your risk and prevent CKD.
Understand the causes and risks of CKD and learn the answers to some common questions.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. High blood glucose (blood sugar) levels can damage blood vessels and lead to decreased kidney function.
High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. High blood pressure can hurt blood vessels and increase stress on the kidneys.
While kidney disease isn’t contagious, it can run in families. If you have a family member who has diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease, you may be at risk.
Smoking can affect blood flow and blood pressure. It increases the risk of kidney disease, especially for people with diabetes and/or high blood pressure.
Your GFR measures kidney health. It’s used by kidney doctors to understand what stage of CKD you may have. Learn more about GFR and the five stages of kidney disease and find healthy actions that may prevent CKD.
Get more information about the numbers and goals needed to manage your diabetes so you can continue to keep your kidneys healthy.
It’s best to break up longer periods of sitting with some short, fun, and simple mini exercise breaks every thirty minutes. When you’re actively preventing diabetes-related kidney problems, it’s important to keep your body strong.
Get the resources you need to manage your kidney health. Use the social care network from Aunt Bertha to get help and connect with professionals in areas of health care, nutrition, mental health, transportation, and so much more.
Smarter food options can help lower your risk of kidney damage. Use this simple tool to find nutrition information on the foods you love.
Make your own healthy meals with the aim of caring for your kidneys and reduce the risk of complications.
Find new ways to become physically active and start enjoying the benefits of exercise as you continue to protect your kidneys.
Learn about other people that know what you’re going through on your journey with diabetes. Read Erica’s story for new motivation to thrive.
Physical activity is important, but it needs to be safe. Learn how to minimize your risk of injury as you work hard to keep your kidneys healthy.
Quitting smoking can be a challenge, but the benefits are worth it. If you are living with diabetes and want to protect your kidneys, this is an essential prevention strategy.
People living with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of kidney disease could be at risk for developing chronic kidney disease. Learn about how to prevent or delay CKD.
You can take care of your kidneys AND eat out and enjoy a nice meal. Learn which foods to order when you eat out and enjoy the flavors of a kidney-friendly meal.