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High blood pressure is closely linked to kidney failure. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to permanent damage to the blood vessels in the kidneys. The American Diabetes Association sets blood pressure guidelines at 130/80. If lifestyle changes are not enough to lower your blood pressure, you may need medication. Medicines like ACE inhibitors are an effective way to lower your blood pressure and can even help protect your kidneys from further damage. Ask you doctor if you should be treated for high blood pressure.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. Uncontrolled diabetes will damage your kidneys. Controlling diabetes is the treatment. Ask your doctor if your diabetes is in control.
Kidney disease is described in five stages, with stage 5 being the worst. Over time your kidneys may stop working as well as they do right now. There are tests your doctor can do to find out how well your kidneys are working. Ask your doctor about your kidney function.
If you have kidney disease there are ways to help keep your kidneys working well as long as they can. Ask your doctor what you can do to keep your kidneys healthy.
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