Treatment may help slow kidney disease and keep the kidneys healthier longer. Find out about medicines and diet and lifestyle changes that are important for people with kidney disease.
Take these steps to help keep your kidneys healthier longer:
- Choose foods with less salt (sodium).
- Keep your blood pressure at or below the target set by your health care provider. For most people, the blood pressure target is less than 140/90 mm Hg.
- Keep your blood glucose in the target range, if you have diabetes.
Work with your health care team to figure out the treatment plan that makes the most sense for you. With proper management, you may never need dialysis or, at least, not for a very long time.
NIDDK conducts and supports research to improve the detection of kidney disease, as well as treatment for those with kidney disease and kidney failure. For example, the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study, an NIDDK-funded study started in 2001, is working to better understand kidney disease and its link to heart disease. NIDDK also supports many clinical trials, which are research studies to determine how well a treatment works. To learn more about eligibility and how to get involved in a clinical trial, visit www.clinicaltrial.gov.