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Preventing Kidney Disease

Preventing Kidney Disease

Empower Yourself to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

Kidney disease affects one in seven adults in the U.S. The number one cause of kidney disease is diabetes. Understanding this connection is the first step to helping avoid kidney problems. This information can help you improve your lifestyle to manage your health.

Are You Kidney Smart®?

Get information on how to lower your risk of chronic kidney disease. Kidney Smart is a no-cost kidney education class delivered by trusted experts. Learn more about CKD and how to manage your kidney health in a class today!

Know Your Risk to Prevent CKD

Know Your Risk for Kidney Disease

Reduce Your Risk

Understand the causes and risks of CKD and learn the answers to some common questions.

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Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. High blood glucose (blood sugar) levels can damage blood vessels and lead to decreased kidney function.

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. High blood pressure can hurt blood vessels and increase stress on the kidneys.

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Family History

While kidney disease isn’t contagious, it can run in families. If you have a family member who has diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease, you may be at risk.

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Smoking can affect blood flow and blood pressure. It increases the risk of kidney disease, especially for people with diabetes and/or high blood pressure.

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What do your kidneys do for your body?


Healthy Living Tips


Important Diabetes Health Checks

Get more information about the numbers and goals needed to manage your diabetes so you can continue to keep your kidneys healthy.

Stay Informed


Simple Steps to Increase Movement

It’s best to break up longer periods of sitting with some short, fun, and simple mini exercise breaks every thirty minutes. When you’re actively preventing diabetes-related kidney problems, it’s important to keep your body strong.

Enjoy More Activity

Access Diabetes Food Hub®

Discover new ways to be smarter about food with Diabetes Food Hub®. Find kidney-friendly recipes, a personalized grocery list, and plan meals to make sure everything you eat is helping to keep your kidneys healthy.


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Get Connected to Local Support

Get the resources you need to manage your kidney health. Use the social care network from findhelp to get help and connect with professionals in areas of health care, nutrition, mental health, transportation, and so much more.

Find Connections

Nutritional Info for Your Favorite Foods

Smarter food options can help lower your risk of kidney damage. Use this simple tool to find nutrition information on the foods you love.

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Delicious Kidney-Friendly Meals

Make your own healthy meals with the aim of caring for your kidneys and reduce the risk of complications.

Eat Better

Preparing for Physical Activity

Find new ways to become physically active and start enjoying the benefits of exercise as you continue to protect your kidneys.

Move More
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Find Inspiration from Others

Learn about other people who know what you’re going through on your journey with diabetes. Read Erica’s story for new motivation to thrive.

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Discover Injury-Free Exercise Tips

Physical activity is important, but it needs to be safe. Learn how to minimize your risk of injury as you work hard to keep your kidneys healthy.

Stay Safe
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Diabetes and Kidney Friendly Meal Planner

Use this placemat as your action plan for diabetes and kidney friendly meals. This Meal Planning Guide was developed for individuals who are not on dialysis.

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Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking can be a challenge, but the benefits are worth it. If you are living with diabetes and want to protect your kidneys, this is an essential prevention strategy.

Risk Factors

People living with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of kidney disease could be at risk for developing chronic kidney disease. Learn about how to prevent or delay CKD.

Dining Out Tips

You can take care of your kidneys AND eat out and enjoy a nice meal. Learn which foods to order when you eat out and enjoy the flavors of a kidney-friendly meal.

Diabetes-Related Infographics

Find helpful infographics to educate yourself or your patients.

Diabetes-Related Chronic Kidney Disease

Check out the latest infographic for people living with diabetes. This provides a visual guide of risk factors for developing CKD and how health care professional diagnose CKD. It also offers tips to prevent and manage CKD.

Diabetic Kidney Disease Infographic

Calling all clinicians. Use this infographic for a visual guide of ADA’s guidelines on screening and monitoring of diabetic kidney disease, as well as classification of chronic kidney disease.