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Prevention

Chronic kidney disease may sometimes be prevented by controlling the other diseases or factors that can contribute to kidney disease. People who have already developed kidney failure also need to focus on these things to prevent the complications of kidney failure.

  • Keep your blood pressure below 130/80. Learn to check your blood pressure at home.
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  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar within a target range. Talk with your doctor how often to check your blood sugar.
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  • Stay at a healthy weight. This can help you prevent other diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. For more information, see the topic Weight Management.
  • Control your cholesterol levels. For more information, see the topic High Cholesterol.
  • Don't smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking can lead to atherosclerosis, which reduces blood flow to the kidneys and increases blood pressure. For more information on how to quit, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
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Last Updated: August 29, 2013
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