Tip Tuesday: Why You Need to Get Screened

Why You Should Get Tested

  1.  In the early stages of kidney disease, most people don’t have symptoms.
  2. Kidney disease is treatable in the start.
  3. If you wait to long it can become much worse and sometimes untreatable.

What Happens if You Wait?

  1. It can get worse
  2. It can lead to kidney failure
  3. It can cause heart and blood vessel disease
  4. It can cause other health problems

 Risk Factors You Should Not Ignore

  1. Diabetes
  2. High Blood Pressure
  3. Being 60 years or older
  4. Having a family member with kidney disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure

Test to Find Kidney Disease

  1. Urine test called ACR (Albumin-to-creatinine ratio)
  2. Blood test to estimate your GFR (Glomerular filtration rate)                                                                     * This is the best way to test your kidneys