Are You At Risk for Kidney Disease?
Many people are at risk for developing kidney disease, even though they have no idea they are in a high-risk category. Let’s go through some of the biggest risk factors in this article so you can get a better idea of whether you are at risk.
If you suffer from diabetes or have high blood pressure, then you are at a higher risk. Those who have heart disease, or who have a family history of kidney failure are at a higher risk as well. If any of these sound familiar, you will want to do yourself a favor and get tested for kidney disease. You see, in the earliest stages, you will not see any signs or symptoms, so you need to look at the risk factors and get tested to be on the safe side.
Kidney disease can affect any race and any age. However, it does seem to be more prevalent in American Indians, Hispanics, and African Americans. One of the reasons for this is that diabetes and high blood pressure seems to be higher in these populations.
Some people live for years before their kidneys start to fail. They feel fine right up until things start to head south, and by then it can be too late to make much of a difference. If only they’d have taken the initiative and gone in for a test, they could have tried to make some changes in their life that could have helped them. Do yourself and your family a favor if you fit into any of these high-risk categories and simply take some time to get a test. Hopefully, you will have nothing to worry about, and you can simply have the peace of mind of knowing that your kidneys are perfectly healthy.
Our informational articles are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you.