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How Do You Know?

What Should You Do?

Your doctor or clinic should check to see if you have any risk factors for chronic kidney disease. These include diabetes, highblood pressure, a family history of chronic kidney disease and older age.  Chronic kidney disease is also more common in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians.

The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii provides free community kidney health screenings. This includes tests for the early detection of chronic kidney disease.  

For more information on screenings click here
or call   808-589-5903 .

You should visit your doctor or clinic and get tested. Your checkup should include:

  • Checking your blood pressure

  • Having a simple test for protein in your urine. Protein is an important building block in your body. Any filtered protein is normally reabsorbed and kept in your body. When your kidneys are damaged, however, protein leaks into your urine. There are different tests to find protein in your urine. If you have two positive tests over several weeks, you are said to have persistent protein in your urine. This is a sign of chronic kidney disease.

  •  Having a simple blood test for creatinine, a waste product that comes from muscle activity. Your kidneys normally remove creatinine from your blood. When your kidneys are damaged, however, your blood creatinine may build to a high level. The results of your blood creatinine test should be used to estimate your glomerular filtration rate, or GFR. Your GFR tells how much kidney function you have.