Essential Kidney Check



Diabetes is responsible for half of all kidney disease. But the standard kidney check misses up to 300,000 cases of early damage each year.

Now you can estimate kidney function yourself. Get a blood check measuring serum creatinine. Then plug your serum creatinine number into the National Kidney Foundation's "glomerular filtration rate" online calculator.

GFR reflects how efficiently your kidneys filter wastes out of your blood. Even a slight drop indicates damage. A healthy diet, good blood-sugar control, and blood-pressure medication can help prevent damage in the first place.



By Paula Rasich

Edited by Sarí Harrar

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