Your doctor will monitor the health of your kidneys. That way, treatment can be adjusted if your condition changes. If you have other health problems that affect the kidneys, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, they will be monitored also.
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To check how well your kidneys are working, your doctor may want to see you every few months. Your visits may include any of these tests:
Urine tests measure the amount of creatinine (a waste product) in your urine. A complete 24-hour collection is used to measure how well your kidneys are working.
Blood tests measure wastes (such as BUN and creatinine) left in the blood.
Imaging tests show damage to the kidneys and blood vessels. Be sure to inform any radiologist (x-ray specialist) that you have kidney disease. Some x-ray tests use dyes that can be harmful to your kidneys.
Be a partner in your care. Try the tips below to help maintain your health.
Stick to your diet. Control other health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and anemia.
Take your blood pressure at home.
Talk to your doctor before taking pain medications or herbal remedies.
Stop smoking. Smoking can increase kidney damage.
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