Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a silent disease, generally without any symptoms, so it is often difficult to know if you indeed have it. Risk factors for CKD include :
- Family history of kidney disease
- Frequent urinary infections or history of frequent kidney infections (pyelonephritis)
- History of certain types of chemotherapy
- History of frequent kidney stones
If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about getting screened. Your doctor should test you for CKD with blood and urine tests.
To learn more about Chronic Kidney Disease and treatments, see last week’s blog from Dr. Josh Tarkan.