How well your kidneys work is called
kidney function. Your kidneys have the important job of filtering your blood.
They remove waste products and extra fluid from your body.
When your kidneys
do not work as they should, waste can build up in your blood. This can make you sick. If you
have long-term (chronic) kidney disease, you may not have any symptoms until
your kidney function is very low.
and urine tests can help show how well your kidneys are working. They can help your doctor know:
recommend screening tests for people who are at
higher risk of the disease. This includes people with diabetes or high blood
pressure. If you have diabetes, your doctor may recommend yearly testing for
protein in your urine. When to begin testing depends on the type of diabetes
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the
medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test
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Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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