Also refer: Risk Factors and Symptoms
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Find out if you are at increased risk of kidney disease.
You can lower your risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other chronic diseases!
Lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular conditions can cause damage to your kidneys. Significant evidence indicates being overweight or obese, not getting enough physical activity, smoking, harmful alcohol consumption and unhealthy eating - are major risk factors for many chronic diseases.
To protect your kidneys, these tips can help
- Be aware of your family medical history - if close blood family relatives have had kidney disease or other chronic disease, you may be 'at risk' too? Ask what their health problems were and be aware of the risk.
It is never too late to make positive changes to your lifestyle
Eating well and keeping active can improve long term health and help to maintain good kidney function.
Further reading onsite: Health Resources> - Recommended weblinks - Organ Donation
Links to external resources: Better Health Channel - Healthier Living Tests for Kidney Disease
Check your Diet - Healthy Diet Calculators
Smart Eating For You Dietitians Association of Australia Rehabilitation, Fitness & Exercise and kidney disease NKF USA
For people with Chronic Kidney Disease:
Exercise for people with chronic kidney disease I Exercise for dialysis patients – Of course, you can exercise
Indoor exercises for people on dialysis I Frequently Asked Questions I Resources in other languages
Page updated 3 December 2014
Disclaimer: Information provided is intended as an introduction to this topic and not meant to substitute for your doctor's or health professional's advice. All care is taken to ensure this information is relevant and applicable to each Australian state. Kidney Health Australia recognises each person's experience is individual and variations do occur in treatment and management due to personal circumstances. Consult a healthcare professional for specific treatment recommendations.