Also refer: Risk Factors and Symptoms
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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
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.
- 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.
Further reading: 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
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Page updated 22 June 2015
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.